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  • n. One who perpetrates; especially, one who commits an offence or crime.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who perpetrates; esp., one who commits an offense or crime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One sho perpetrates; especially, one who commits or has committed some objectionable or criminal act.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who perpetrates wrongdoing

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  • "Authors Joshua Holland and Michael Schwartz point out that the dominant narrative on Iraq—that most of the violence against Iraqis is being perpetrated by Iraqis themselves and is not our responsibility—is ill conceived. Interviewers from the Lancet report of October 2006 (Censored 2006, #2) asked Iraqi respondents how their loved ones died. Of deaths for which families were certain of the perpetrator, 56 percent were attributable to US forces or their allies. Schwartz suggests that if a low pro rata share of half the unattributed deaths were caused by US forces, a total of approximately 80 percent of Iraqi deaths are directly US perpetrated."
    - Danielle Stanton, Tim LeDonne, and Kat Pat Crespán, 'Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation', projectcensored.org, 12 Oct 2008.

    October 13, 2008