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perpetrate

[pur-pi-treyt] /ˈpɜr pɪˌtreɪt/
verb (used with object), 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-called comedy?
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin perpetrātus (past participle of perpetrāre to carry out, execute, perform), equivalent to per- per- + -petr- (combining form of patrāre to father, bring about; see pater) + -ā- theme vowel + -tus past participle suffix; see -ate1
Related forms
perpetrable
[pur-pi-truh-buh l] /ˈpɜr pɪ trə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
perpetration, noun
perpetrator, noun
nonperpetration, noun
unperpetrated, adjective
Can be confused
perpetrate, perpetuate.
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Examples from the web for perpetrated
  • In the light of scientific fact one cannot justify the dogma perpetrated by religion.
  • In fact, he seems to see it as a big conspiracy that has been perpetrated over the years.
  • There was one junior trader who perpetrated this fraud.
  • These delusions were perpetrated by the authorities.
  • Third, it suffers from widespread crime and violence, much of it perpetrated by organised drug gangs.
  • It's much easier to repeat the same misinformation perpetrated by others who have never read it.
  • What seems especially ludicrous is that our reaction to violent events depends on who perpetrated it.
  • Fears were allayed when it was discovered to be a hoax perpetrated by engineering students.
  • Furthermore, speech acts are only taken seriously as discrimination when perpetrated by a faculty member against a student.
  • It's one of the biggest crimes that's ever been perpetrated.
British Dictionary definitions for perpetrated

perpetrate

/ˈpɜːpɪˌtreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to perform or be responsible for (a deception, crime, etc)
Derived Forms
perpetration, noun
perpetrator, noun
Usage note
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
C16: from Latin perpetrāre, from per- (thoroughly) + patrāre to perform, perhaps from pater father, leader in the performance of sacred rites
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Word Origin and History for perpetrated

perpetrate

v.

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.

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