perpetrate vs perpetuate

perpetrate perpetuate


  • 1) transitive To be guilty of, or responsible for a crime etc; to commit.
  • 2) perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
  • 3) To be responsible for; commit.
  • 4) 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.


  • 1) rare Made perpetual; perpetuated.
  • 2) transitive To make perpetual.
  • 3) transitive To prolong the existence of.
  • 4) cause to continue or prevail
  • 5) To prolong the existence of; cause to be remembered.
  • 6) To cause to continue indefinitely; make perpetual.
  • 7) To make perpetual; to cause to endure, or to be continued, indefinitely; to preserve from extinction or oblivion; to eternize.


  • 1) `And how, precisely, do you think I, who am under lock and key myself, could perpetrate such an outrage?
  • 2) It is a place he could go to -- where you and others doubtless went -- to, to perpetrate whatever disgusting and illegal acts you favour!
  • 3) "I don't understand how you can perpetrate a fraud like this on your family.
  • 4) What a comment on our culture when people "perpetrate" themselves in order to claim victimhod.
  • 5) I speak not merely of obscurities, to perpetrate which is in every sense to stand in one's own light, but of sheer fatuities, tweakings-of-the-nose to our reverend mother-tongue, as either might have expressed it.
  • 6) When we don't, we either ignore injustice or perpetrate injustice because the victims are not seen as humans, but rather as what Martin Buber called "it."
  • 7) An article in Popular Mechanics suggests some historical absurdities which future authors may attempt to perpetrate on the gullible public.
  • 8) The cyberpunk is usually an outsider * not* of his/her own choosing, but because the structure of society is inherently unfair and favors the rich (who usually have to intentionally buy into or perpetrate the evils of society to get that way, ala the Bush Administration or, well, the 80s, when the genre was at its height.)
  • 9) House of Representatives and pretty much misrepresented her and any resident of his district sociallly to the left of Savanarola while helping to perpetrate the now-classic Reaganite Republican big con of voting for tax cuts for the rich and policies that screwed over the working class residents of his district whose interests, he swore, he was protecting by selling them out.
  • 10) Do you actually suggest that one is obliged to imagine all the specific violations that all organizations might perpetrate against them, and then go searching the internet to see if that particular violation has already be found out?
  • 11) ‘At some level, if a guy is pathologically committed to perpetrating fraud, you're not going to be able to stop him very often.’
  • 12) ‘Why do these criminals feel they can perpetrate such horrendous crimes and get away with it?’
  • 13) ‘Violent suppression and opinion monopoly are used by all totalitarian political systems for the purpose of perpetrating their immoral rule.’
  • 14) ‘As long as you're not perpetrating a criminal act upon someone, you ought to be free to do whatever you like.’
  • 15) ‘Spamming is also being used to perpetrate criminal acts.’
  • 16) ‘Moreover, in perpetrating these acts of murder and destruction they believe they are executing the divine will.’
  • 17) ‘We are united in our stand to bring to justice those that perpetrated such a horrendous act of murder.’
  • 18) ‘This was a blatant act of vandalism perpetrated by an individual or group as a deliberate act.’
  • 19) ‘In many cases, they end up as child soldiers, programmed at a young age to perpetrate violence and acts of terrorism.’
  • 20) ‘I will go back to the issue that I raised earlier that the people who perpetrate these acts are vicious criminals.’
  • 21) ‘Dictators still oppress many hundreds of millions of people, and are still perpetrating genocide and promoting terrorism.’
  • 22) ‘That doesn't say it all, but it's a message worth sending to the people most directly responsible for perpetrating this despicable act of aggression.’
  • 23) ‘However, the people and governments perpetrating these crimes against humanity deserve no mercy.’
  • 24) ‘I can't be certain whether these guys are perpetrating a scam of some sort.’
  • 25) ‘Why should anyone waste their ingenuity perpetrating such vandalism?’
  • 26) ‘It had been one thing to lay shame on those perpetrating a crime while simultaneously garnering a just verdict.’
  • 27) ‘There have also been cases in which people have recalled perpetrating crimes of which they were innocent.’
  • 28) ‘Figuring out why an adult perpetrates such acts will always remain a psychiatrist's delight.’
  • 29) ‘The person who perpetrates the crime is referred to as the principal.’
  • 30) ‘Whoever perpetrated these acts has to be prepared to pay for the lives they have so arbitrarily taken.’


  • 1) Too many cruel people who survived to perpetuate their cruelty.
  • 2) ‘The effigies of antiquity were created to perpetuate the memory of the deceased as he or she looked while alive.’
  • 3) ‘You are the last woman on earth, and it is your job to perpetuate the human race, whether you like it or not.’
  • 4) ‘Quebecers just don't want to swap their groovy ways to perpetuate the species.’
  • 5) ‘The Mohegans are also invested in preserving and perpetuating their culture.’
  • 6) ‘It's not just because a certain pool of skilled practitioners must be sustained to perpetuate our craft.’
  • 7) ‘Building a theatre is not the easiest way of perpetuating your father's memory.’
  • 8) ‘The point in perpetuating a person's memory is that he or she might otherwise be forgotten.’
  • 9) ‘It fittingly perpetuates his memory as one who lived an unassuming honourable life and bequeathed the whole of his residuary estate to charity.’
  • 10) ‘Their memory was perpetuated in later centuries by antiquarians such as Joseph Strutt, whose Sports and Pastimes of England was published in 1801.’
  • 11) ‘My question for Rosanne is what should we be doing to remember him, to perpetuate his memory?’
  • 12) ‘In spite of near-constant challenges to their survival, tortoises must nonetheless attend to the task of perpetuating the species.’
  • 13) ‘Some of those monuments are almost a century old and were erected to perpetuate a memory and a spirit dear to surviving family members.’
  • 14) ‘It was on this sleepy island that the Dutch settled in 1609 and built a fort to perpetuate their memory.’
  • 15) ‘Very few recognise the services of such freedom fighters or make efforts to perpetuate their memory.’

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