Definition of perpetrator in English:

perpetrator

noun

  • A person who carries out a harmful, illegal, or immoral act.

    ‘the perpetrators of this horrific crime must be brought to justice’
    • ‘Individuals with serious mental illness are, in fact, more likely to be victims, rather than perpetrators of violence.’
    • ‘Few of the perpetrators have been brought to justice.’
    • ‘Those perpetrators are hereby sentenced to remain a thousand yards away from any computer equipment, lest they be apprehended on sight.’
    • ‘It's more of a drug movie than a sex movie, culminating in an horrific murder, of which the perpetrators remember nothing.’
    • ‘They would close ranks around individual perpetrators to protect them from any threat of prosecution by state or federal authorities.’
    • ‘Even now, the offspring of the perpetrators deny it ever happened.’
    • ‘We see the victim gradually change through the force of his anguish into a senseless perpetrator.’
    • ‘She plays a super-cop whose main submission tactic is revealing her breasts, so perpetrators are lulled into boredom.’
    • ‘He's really a cop going undercover to find the perpetrators of a series of daring hijackings.’
    • ‘A number of memoirs published over the last 20 years have shifted their focus from the victim/perpetrator relationship to the survivor/rescuer relationship.’

Pronunciation

perpetrator

/ˈpəːpətreɪtə/