Perpetrate meaning

pûrpĭ-trāt
To be responsible for; commit.

Perpetrate a crime; perpetrate a practical joke.

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To do or perform (something evil, criminal, or offensive); be guilty of.
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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.

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To commit (a blunder), impose (a hoax), etc.
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To be guilty of, or responsible for a crime etc; to commit.
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Origin of perpetrate

  • Latin perpetrāre perpetrāt- to accomplish per- per- patrāre to bring about (from pater father pəter- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin perpetratus, past participle of perpetrare (“to carry through"), from per (“through") + patrare (“to perform"), akin to potis (“able"), potens (“powerful"); see potent.

    From Wiktionary