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ˈpɜr pɪˌtreɪtper·pe·trate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perpetrate, commit, pullverb

    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

    "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery"


  1. perpetrateverb

    To be guilty of, or responsible for a crime etc; to commit.

  2. Etymology: From perpetratus, past participle of perpetrare, from per + patrare, akin to potis, potens; see potent.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PERPETRATEverb

    Etymology: perpetro, Lat. perpetrer, Fr.

    Hear of such a crime
    As tragick poets, since the birth of time,
    Ne’er feign’d a thronging audience to amaze;
    But true and perpetrated in our days. Nahum Tate, Juvenal.

    My tender infants or my careful sire,
    These they returning will to death require,
    Will perpetrate on them the first design,
    And take the forfeit of their heads for mine. Dryden.

    The forest, which in after-times,
    Fierce Romulus, for perpetrated crimes,
    A sacred refuge made. Dryden.

    Success, the mark no mortal wit,
    Or surest hand can always hit;
    For whatsoe’er we perpetrate,
    We do but row, we’re steer’d by fate. Hudibras.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perpetrateverb

    to do or perform; to carry through; to execute, commonly in a bad sense; to commit (as a crime, an offense); to be guilty of; as, to perpetrate a foul deed

  2. Etymology: [L. perpetratus, p. p. of perpetrare to effect, perpetrare; per + patrare to perform.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perpetrate

    pėr′pē-trāt, v.t. to perform or commit (usually in a bad sense): to produce (as a poor pun).—adj. Per′petrable.—ns. Perpetrā′tion, act of committing a crime: the thing perpetrated: an evil action; Per′petrātor. [L. perpetrāre, -ātumper, thoroughly, patrāre, to perform.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perpetrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perpetrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of perpetrate in a Sentence

  1. Adam Schiff:

    [ They ] satthere and helped Adam Schiff perpetrate this fraud. Next time Im [ on Hannity ] I will give you the names of the reporters.

  2. White House counsel Pat Cipollone:

    For all their talk about election interference, they're here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history -- and we can't allow that to happen.

  3. Pete Buttigieg:

    The message I will send is if they perpetrate a repeat of anything like Tiananmen Square when it comes to Hong Kong, they will be isolated from the free world and we will lead that isolation both diplomatically and economically.

  4. Merrick Garland:

    The Justice Department fully recognizes the threat that white supremacist violence poses to the safety of the American people and American democracy, we will continue to be relentless in our efforts to combat hate crimes, to support the communities terrorized by them, and to hold accountable those who perpetrate them.

  5. Dave Kennedy:

    Medical records paint a really personal picture of somebody's life and medical procedures, they allow you to perpetrate really in-depth medical fraud.

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