- 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.
transitive verbperpetrated, perpetrating
- to do or perform (something evil, criminal, or offensive); be guilty of
- to commit (a blunder), impose (a hoax), etc.
Origin of perpetrate; from Classical Latin perpetratus, past participle of perpetrare, to commit, perpetrate, origin, originally , to bring about, achieve ; from per, thoroughly + patrare, to effect, probably origin, originally a ritual term ; from pater, father, priest
transitive verbper·pe·trat·ed, per·pe·trat·ing, per·pe·trates
Origin of perpetrateLatin perpetrāre, perpetrāt-, to accomplish : per-, per- + patrāre, to bring about (from pater, father; see p&schwa;ter- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present perpetrates, present participle perpetrating, simple past and past participle perpetrated)