- To perpetrate is to perform or carry out an act, or to commit an illegal or wrongful act.
When you go out and rob a bank, this is an example of a time when you perpetrate a theft.
perpetrate definition by Webster's New World
- to do or perform (something evil, criminal, or offensive); be guilty of
- to commit (a blunder), impose (a hoax), etc.
Origin: ; from Classical Latin perpetratus, past participle of perpetrare, to commit, perpetrate, origin, originally , to bring about, achieve ; from per, thoroughly plush patrare, to effect, probably origin, originally a ritual term ; from pater, father, priest
perpetrate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb per·pe·trat·ed, per·pe·trat·ing, per·pe·trates
Origin: Latin perpetrāre, perpetrāt-, to accomplish : per-, per- + patrāre, to bring about (from pater, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots).
- perˌpe·traˈtion noun
- perˈpe·traˌtor noun