• WordNet 3.6
    • v perpetrate perform an act, usually with a negative connotation "perpetrate a crime","pull a bank robbery"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Perpetrate To do or perform; to carry through; to execute, commonly in a bad sense; to commit (as a crime, an offense); to be guilty of; as, to perpetrate a foul deed. "What the worst perpetrate , or best endure."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • perpetrate To do execute, or perform; commit: generally in a bad sense: as, to perpetrate a crime.
    • perpetrate To produce, as something execrable or shocking; perform (something) in an execrable or shocking way: as, to perpetrate a pun.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Perpetrate pėr′pē-trāt to perform or commit (usually in a bad sense): to produce (as a poor pun)
    • ***


  • R. D. Laing
    “Alienation as our present destiny is achieved only by outrageous violence perpetrated by human beings on human beings.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “There is wickedness in the intention of wickedness, even though it be not perpetrated in the act.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. perpetratus, p. p. of perpetrare, to effect, perpetrare; per + patrare, to perform
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. perpetrāre, -ātumper, thoroughly, patrāre, to perform.


In literature:

There was scarcely a town in the empire where atrocities of the most repulsive kind were not perpetrated on innocent and helpless people.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IX" by John Lord
In 1871 a horrid atrocity was perpetrated by Chinese at Tientsin which certainly would have led to war with France if Napoleon III.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIV" by John Lord
Neither age nor sex was spared; and the most horrible cruelties, of which the imagination can conceive, were perpetrated.
"Thrilling Adventures by Land and Sea" by James O. Brayman
Does the law excuse the murder because the perpetrator was drunk?
"Coleridge's Literary Remains, Volume 4." by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
You will consider whether further legislation be necessary to prevent the perpetration of such offenses in future.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents," by James D. Richardson
In London, of all places, this crime against all the natural dictates of Society was ultimately perpetrated.
"Essays in Rebellion" by Henry W. Nevinson
Inquiry proved one of these men to be the perpetrator of the deed.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Then you consider my theory of John Hornby as the perpetrator of the robbery as quite a tenable one?
"The Red Thumb Mark" by R. Austin Freeman
This crime among the Jews exposed the perpetrators of it to capital punishment.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The perpetrators of the deed were two brothers, Lilburn and Isham Lewis, NEPHEWS OF PRESIDENT JEFFERSON.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society

In poetry:

"So one who never revelled in discreditable tricks
Until he reached the comfortable age of thirty-six,
May then for half an hour perpetrate a deed of shame,
Without incurring permanent disgrace, or even blame.
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Now, to the Justice brought in haste;
That Justice who'd inclos'd the waste;
His worship in a passion flew
In silence Hodge a long face drew--
"A halter, Sirrah, you'll not miss,
For perpetrating crimes like this."
"The Cottager" by William Hutton

In news:

Sandusky scandal had one perpetrator , and many accomplices.
Perpetrator flees home after woman returns.
Perpetrator Could Be on the Spit.
'The Knowledge of the Perpetrator '.
Justices say perpetrator can't be charged with murder when victim kills co- perpetrator .
MADISON- Democratic state lawmakers plan to reintroduce a bill designed to take guns away from perpetrators of domestic violence.
It funds several projects aimed at blunting the effects of repression , including Pisula's, which helps political prisoners and keeps records on the perpetrators of repression — judges, police and others — should a day of reckoning come.
One of the perpetrators in the online car scam bought a Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG with stolen money, prosecutors said.
News about the $65 billion Ponzi scheme perpetrated by former NASDAQ chairman Bernard Madoff has set off alarms in people's heads about investment fraud.
When he checked his surveillance system, however, he learned the perpetrator wasn't who he expected.
FBI will investigate Google charges that several hundred Gmail accounts were hacked by perpetrators in China.
Chattanooga groups support increased penalties for domestic violence perpetrators.
As for now, the evil perpetrator is behind bars.
A class action lawsuit filed by anti-spyware activist Ben Edelman accuses Yahoo of using its Overture pay-per-click network to perpetrate syndication fraud against advertisers.
The law has come under intense criticism for inflicting severe punishments on perpetrators of relatively non-serious crimes, and contributing to California's notoriously overcrowded prison system.

In science:

In the recent news, we have learnt about crimes perpetrated by hackers.
CRyptography and non commutative cohomology
Observe that the imaginary reference only exists as a gentle hoax perpetrated by Billingsley in the second edition of the monograph .
Portmanteau inequalities on the Poisson space: mixed regimes and multidimensional clustering
The possibly large collection of data stored at an IdP can also be used to perpetrate identity fraud.
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
For instance, in the specific domain of news on the topic of terrorist attacks, summaries can be constructed by first describing the place of the attack, followed by the number of casualties, who the possible perpetrators are, etc.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization