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Carry out or commit (a harmful, illegal, or immoral action)‘a crime has been perpetrated against a sovereign state’
commit, carry out, perform, execute, do, effect, bring about, be guilty of, be to blame for, be responsible for, accomplish, inflict, wreakpull off, pulleffectuateView synonyms
- ‘Dictators still oppress many hundreds of millions of people, and are still perpetrating genocide and promoting terrorism.’
- ‘Why do these criminals feel they can perpetrate such horrendous crimes and get away with it?’
- ‘Spamming is also being used to perpetrate criminal acts.’
- ‘That doesn't say it all, but it's a message worth sending to the people most directly responsible for perpetrating this despicable act of aggression.’
- ‘We are united in our stand to bring to justice those that perpetrated such a horrendous act of murder.’
- ‘However, the people and governments perpetrating these crimes against humanity deserve no mercy.’
- ‘Why should anyone waste their ingenuity perpetrating such vandalism?’
- ‘Figuring out why an adult perpetrates such acts will always remain a psychiatrist's delight.’
- ‘It had been one thing to lay shame on those perpetrating a crime while simultaneously garnering a just verdict.’
- ‘Violent suppression and opinion monopoly are used by all totalitarian political systems for the purpose of perpetrating their immoral rule.’
- ‘Whoever perpetrated these acts has to be prepared to pay for the lives they have so arbitrarily taken.’
- ‘At some level, if a guy is pathologically committed to perpetrating fraud, you're not going to be able to stop him very often.’
- ‘In many cases, they end up as child soldiers, programmed at a young age to perpetrate violence and acts of terrorism.’
- ‘There have also been cases in which people have recalled perpetrating crimes of which they were innocent.’
- ‘This was a blatant act of vandalism perpetrated by an individual or group as a deliberate act.’
- ‘The person who perpetrates the crime is referred to as the principal.’
- ‘I can't be certain whether these guys are perpetrating a scam of some sort.’
- ‘As long as you're not perpetrating a criminal act upon someone, you ought to be free to do whatever you like.’
- ‘Moreover, in perpetrating these acts of murder and destruction they believe they are executing the divine will.’
- ‘I will go back to the issue that I raised earlier that the people who perpetrate these acts are vicious criminals.’
The words perpetrate and perpetuate are sometimes confused. Perpetrate means ‘commit a harmful, illegal, or immoral action’, as in a crime has been perpetrated against a sovereign state, whereas perpetuate means ‘make something continue indefinitely’, as in a monument to perpetuate the memory of those killed in the war
Mid 16th century: from Latin perpetrat- performed, from the verb perpetrare, from per- to completion + patrare bring about. In Latin the act perpetrated might be good or bad; in English the verb was first used in the statutes referring to crime, hence the negative association.
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