perpetrate
transitive verb (-trated; -trating) Etymology: Latin perpetratus, past participle of perpetrare, from per- through + patrare to accomplish, from pater father — more at father Date: 1537 1. to bring about or carry out (as a crime or deception) ; commit 2. to produce, perform, or execute (something likened to a crime) <
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perpetration nounperpetrator noun

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  • perpetrate — per·pe·trate / pər pə ˌtrāt/ vt trat·ed, trat·ing: to carry out or bring about (as a crime) per·pe·tra·tion /ˌpər pə trā shən/ n per·pe·tra·tor / pər pə ˌtrā tər/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • Perpetrate — Per pe*trate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Perpetrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Perpetrating}.] [L. perpetratus, p. p. of perpetrare to effect, perpetrare; per + patrare to perform.] To do or perform; to carry through; to execute, commonly in a bad sense; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perpetrate — [pʉr′pə trāt΄] vt. perpetrated, perpetrating [< 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] 1. to do or …   English World dictionary

  • perpetrate — (v.) mid 15c., from L. perpetratus, pp. of perpetrare to perform, to accomplish, from per completely + patrare carry out, originally bring into existence, from pater father (see FATHER (Cf. father) (n.)). Neither good nor bad in Latin, first used …   Etymology dictionary

  • perpetrate — *commit Analogous words: accomplish, achieve, effect (see PERFORM) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • perpetrate — [v] be responsible for act, bring about, carry out, commit, do, effect, enact, execute, inflict, perform, pull, up and do*, wreak; concept 91 Ant. abstain …   New thesaurus

  • perpetrate — ► VERB ▪ carry out or commit (a bad or illegal action). DERIVATIVES perpetration noun perpetrator noun. ORIGIN Latin perpetrare perform …   English terms dictionary

  • perpetrate — [ pə:pɪtreɪt] verb carry out or commit (a harmful, illegal, or immoral action). Derivatives perpetration noun perpetrator noun Origin C16: from L. perpetrat , perpetrare perform ; in English the verb was first used in the statutes referring to… …   English new terms dictionary

  • perpetrate — UK [ˈpɜː(r)pətreɪt] / US [ˈpɜrpəˌtreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms perpetrate : present tense I/you/we/they perpetrate he/she/it perpetrates present participle perpetrating past tense perpetrated past participle perpetrated formal to do… …   English dictionary

  • perpetrate — perpetrable /perr pi treuh beuhl/, adj. perpetration, n. perpetrator, n. /perr pi trayt /, v.t., perpetrated, perpetrating. 1. to commit: to perpetrate a crime. 2. to present, execute, or do in a poor or tasteless manner: Who perpetrated this so… …   Universalium

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