to enable or allow the continuation of into the future; keep alive (used most often in reference to something considered harmful or false):Social media played a significant role in perpetuating political divisions.Vines obscured a plaque intended to perpetuate her memory.
to preserve from extinction or oblivion: to perpetuate one's name;perpetuate the species.
- per·pet·u·a·ble, adjective
- per·pet·u·a·tion [per-pech-oo-ey-shuhn], /pərˌpɛtʃ uˈeɪ ʃən/, per·pet·u·ance [per-pech-oo-uhns], /pərˈpɛtʃ u əns/, noun
- per·pet·u·a·tor, noun
- un·per·pet·u·a·ble, adjective
- un·per·pet·u·at·ing, adjective
- perpetrate, perpetuate
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How to use perpetuate in a sentence
They perpetuate conspiracy-mongering, science denial and economic illiteracy, making fellowship and rational debate among Americans with different political views nearly impossible.
Jefferson is unwittingly perpetuating an inaccurate stereotype about Stoicism that prevents people from understanding a philosophy of life that has great potential to benefit them personally—and humanity more broadly.
Critics, including Payne and Niyongabo, accused the school of misusing its federal funding by perpetuating a system in which students and employees of color face discrimination.
Most concerning, it is possible that these responses could self-perpetuate in some patients, resulting in the emergence of new, permanent autoimmune disorders.COVID-19 Causes Some Patients’ Immune Systems To Attack Their Own Bodies, Which May Contribute To Severe Illness | LGBTQ-Editor | October 27, 2020 | No Straight News
This disengagement is perpetuated because policymakers generally ignore or forget nonvoters, giving them little reason to vote in the future, he said.Pennsylvania’s New Vote-by-Mail Law Expands Access for Everyone Except the Poor | by Jonathan Lai, Samantha Melamed and Michaelle Bond, The Philadelphia Inquirer | October 22, 2020 | ProPublica
Why are we angry at the man who called this abuse to attention, rather than people perpetuating it?The University of Texas’s Machiavellian War on Its Regent | David Davis | October 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But if you get this 24-hour, ‘round-the-clock reporting that is perpetuating fear, before you know it you’re glued to it.David Oyelowo on Playing Martin Luther King Jr., Ebola Fears, and Race in Hollywood | Marlow Stern | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So why are we continually inundated with images and hate speech perpetuating this harmful lie?
In Sayegh's eyes, Commissioner Bratton is simply perpetuating the methods of former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Collins blames prohibitionist forces in 1961 for perpetuating this fantasy—which he says still exists.Economists Slam the War on Drugs in a New London School of Economics Report | Abby Haglage | May 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They were the school-masters of thousands and tens of thousands, perpetuating their ideas to remotest generations.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
She would receive money again for perpetuating it in a more flagrant form.The Creators | May Sinclair
They believe this personal patronage to be a means of perpetuating their own tenure.Ethics in Service | William Howard Taft
To have created so contemptible a creature was a great enough blunder, but think of perpetuating his race forever and ever!Morality Without God | M. M. Mangasarian
Never in human history has the ingenuity of a ruling class devised a cleverer or a crueller mode of perpetuating its supremacy.Where Half The World Is Waking Up | Clarence Poe
British Dictionary definitions for perpetuate
(tr) to cause to continue or prevail: to perpetuate misconceptions
- perpetuation, noun
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