As in Nazi Germany, it is usually governments driven by greed or power calculations that perpetrate such crimes.
But Henry was either too wise or too humane to perpetrate this outrage, and sent the young prince back with every honor.
Secondly, that you undertake to perpetrate no act of piracy while I am on board.
But it was such a deed as his godless people were ever ready to perpetrate.
Bid them do the deed that you are too cowardly to perpetrate yourself!
Can he not force me to join him in any crime he may choose to perpetrate?
In a word, what vice and crime does he perpetrate—what low acts does he commit?
I should hardly choose the moment when I am on the point of being appointed Councillor to perpetrate such a blunder.
But short of this, they can hardly be aware of the extent of the mischief they perpetrate.
A band of raiders had ridden in early to perpetrate the Lawrence massacre.
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 father (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.