from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To be responsible for; commit: perpetrate a crime; perpetrate a practical joke.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be guilty of, or responsible for a crime etc; to commit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To do execute, or perform; commit: generally in a bad sense: as, to perpetrate a crime.
- To produce, as something execrable or shocking; perform (something) in an execrable or shocking way: as, to perpetrate a pun.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
Latin perpetrāre, perpetrāt-, to accomplish : per-, per- + patrāre, to bring about (from pater, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin perpetratus, past participle of perpetrare ("to carry through"), from per ("through") + patrare ("to perform"), akin to potis ("able"), potens ("powerful"); see potent. (Wiktionary)