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to commit: perpetrate a crime; to present or execute in a tasteless manner: perpetrate a poor performance
Not to be confused with:
perpetuate – save, maintain, sustain; preserve from oblivion: perpetuate a little-known opera
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tr.v. per·pe·trat·ed, per·pe·trat·ing, per·pe·trates
To be responsible for; commit: perpetrate a crime; perpetrate a practical joke.
[Latin perpetrāre, perpetrāt-, to accomplish : per-, per- + patrāre, to bring about (from pater, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots).]
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(tr) to perform or be responsible for (a deception, crime, etc)
[C16: from Latin perpetrāre, from per- (thoroughly) + patrāre to perform, perhaps from pater father, leader in the performance of sacred rites]
Usage: 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
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v.t. -trat•ed, -trat•ing.
to carry out; enact; commit: to perpetrate a hoax.
[1540–50; < Latin perpetrātus, past participle of perpetrāre=per- per- + -petrāre, comb. form of patrāre to father, bring about, derivative of pater father; see -ate1]
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Past participle: perpetrated
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|Verb||1.||perpetrate - perform an act, usually with a negative connotation; "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery"|
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
make - carry out or commit; "make a mistake"; "commit a faux-pas"
recommit - commit once again, as of a crime
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verb commit, do, perform, carry out, effect, be responsible for, execute, inflict, bring about, enact, wreak What kind of person perpetrated this crime?
Usage: 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.
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perpetrate[ˈpɜːrpɪtreɪt] vt [+ crime, harmful act] → perpétrer
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