To perpetrate is to perform or carry out an act, or to commit an illegal or wrongful act.verb
When you go out and rob a bank, this is an example of a time when you perpetrate a theft.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to do or perform (something evil, criminal, or offensive); be guilty of
- to commit (a blunder), impose (a hoax), etc.
Origin: < L perpetratus, pp. of perpetrare, to commit, perpetrate, orig., to bring about, achieve < per, thoroughly + patrare, to effect, prob. orig. a ritual term < pater, father, priest
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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