perpetrate Definition

  • 1to commit a crime or a violent or harmful act
  • 2to carry out or bring about something, usually something bad

Using perpetrate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "perpetrate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was found guilty of perpetrating the crime.

  • Example

    The company was accused of perpetrating fraud against its customers.

  • Example

    The government is responsible for perpetrating human rights abuses.

perpetrate Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for perpetrate

Antonyms for perpetrate

Phrases with perpetrate

  • to deceive people by making them believe something that is not true


    The students decided to perpetrate a hoax on their teacher by pretending they had all failed the exam.

  • to commit acts of physical harm or aggression against someone


    The group was known for perpetrating violence against innocent civilians.

  • to commit an illegal act


    The suspect was arrested for perpetrating a series of burglaries in the area.

Origins of perpetrate

from Latin 'perpetratus', past participle of 'perpetrare', meaning 'to accomplish, commit'


Summary: perpetrate in Brief

To 'perpetrate' [ˈpɜːrpɪtreɪt] means to commit a crime or harmful act, or to carry out something usually bad. It can be used in phrases like 'perpetrate a hoax' or 'perpetrate violence.' The term is often used in formal contexts and has synonyms like 'commit' and 'execute.'