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[pur-pi-trey-ter] /ˈpɜr pɪˌtreɪ tər/
a person who perpetrates, or commits, an illegal, criminal, or evil act:
The perpetrators of this heinous crime must be found and punished to the fullest extent of the law. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Remember, the perpetrator of all these crimes is said to be "a man after God's own heart."

    The Bible Of Bibles; Kersey Graves
  • She had no doubt who was the perpetrator of this wickedness; but how was she to follow?

    A Simple Story Mrs. Inchbald
  • The perpetrator of this petty knavery was educated at West Point, and claimed to be a Virginia gentleman.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • But as to the perpetrator, if there where no proofs there were yet fewer doubts.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • Page 67, changed "decended" to "descended" and "prepetrator" to "perpetrator."

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
Word Origin and History for perpetrator

literally "the one who did it" (in English usually an evil act), 1560s, from Late Latin perpetrator, agent noun of perpetrare "to perform, to accomplish" (see perpetrate). Fem. forms are perpetratress (1811, of Nero's poisoner Locusta); perpetratrix (1862, in reference to Charlotte Corday).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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