perpetrate [pur-pi-treyt] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object), per·pe·trat·ed, per·pe·trat·ing.
- to commit: to perpetrate a crime.
- to present, execute, or do in a poor or tasteless manner: Who perpetrated this so-called comedy?
Origin of perpetrate 1540–50; Latin perpetrātus (past participle of perpetrāre to carry out, execute, perform), equivalent to per-+ -petr- (combining form of patrāre to father, bring about; see ) + -ā- theme vowel + -tus past participle suffix; see Related formsper·pe·tra·ble [pur-pi-truh-buh l] /ˈpɜr pɪ trə bəl/, adjectiveper·pe·tra·tion, nounper·pe·tra·tor, nounnon·per·pe·tra·tion, nounun·per·pe·trat·ed, adjectiveCan be confusedperpetrate Examples from the Web for perpetration Contemporary Examples of perpetration
Many prominent Congolese human-rights activists consider minerals to be at the heart of the perpetration of atrocities.
December 3, 2014
Historical Examples of perpetration
For the perpetration of the most consummate piece of literary scoundrelism on record.
What interest could I possibly derive from the perpetration of such a crime?
Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
The sacrifice of a right may be as great an evil as the perpetration of a wrong.
William DeWitt Hyde
I suppose after the perpetration of that act of—what shall we call it?
William Makepeace Thackeray
The conditions which led to its perpetration are narrated later.
Thomas W. Lawson
British Dictionary definitions for perpetration perpetrate verb
- (tr) to perform or be responsible for (a deception, crime, etc)
Derived Formsperpetration, nounperpetrator, nounWord Origin for perpetrate C16: from Latin perpetrāre, from per- (thoroughly) + patrāre to perform, perhaps from pater father, leader in the performance of sacred ritesusage Perpetrate and perpetuate are sometimes confused: he must answer for the crimes he has perpetrated (not perpetuated); the book helped to perpetuate (not perpetrate) some of the myths surrounding his early life Word Origin and History for perpetration n.
mid-15c., from Late Latin perpetrationem (nominative perpetratio) “an accomplishing, performing,” noun of action from past participle stem of perpetrare “to perform, accomplish” (see).
1540s, from Latin perpetratus, past participle of perpetrare “to perform, to accomplish,” from per- “completely” + patrare “carry out,” originally “bring into existence,” from pater “father” (see(n.)). Earlier in English was perpetren, mid-15c., from Old French perpetrer. Neither good nor bad in Latin, first used in English in statutes, hence its sense of “to perform criminally.” Related: Perpetrated; perpetrating.