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perpetrator

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Definition someone who has does something wrong — usually something illegal
  • The perpetrator has not been captured or identified.
perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
  • It's been a year since the crime and the perpetrator has still not been caught.
  • perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
  • There was a jail and a whipping post on his grounds; and whatever cruelties were perpetrated there, they passed without comment.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • perpetrated = done [things wrong or illegal]
  • The most famous hoax, the Piltdown man, had gone undetected for forty years, and its perpetrator was still unknown.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
  • The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator's colleagues as the perpetrator.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
  • You are quite right — they can detect magic, but not the perpetrator:
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
  • Despite the tangle of clues, Florentino Ariza soon rejected the possibility that the oldest had been the perpetrator of the assault, and with as much dispatch he also absolved the youngest, who was the most beautiful and the boldest of the three.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
  • How much worse would it have been for June if DNA testing had existed back then—if the alleged rape of Elizabeth had proved Kurt as the perpetrator?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
  • So officially he's our perpetrator, understand?
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
  • In both cases, the hoax was originally perpetrated as a practical joke, but public interest escalated so quickly that confessions were rendered difficult.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • perpetrated = done (something wrong or illegal)
  • There was a pause and Harry knew that the others, like him, were wondering what horrors this weapon could perpetrate.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • perpetrate = do [something wrong or illegal]
  • [T]he perpetrator was so intent on what he was doing that he didn't stop to look.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
  • You've perpetrated a near libel here in the front yard.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • perpetrated = done (something wrong or illegal)
  • His life was devoted to planning and perpetrating the grossest deceptions.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator's colleagues as the perpetrator.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • It was committed in the presence of slaves, and they of course could neither institute a suit, nor testify against him; and thus the guilty perpetrator of one of the bloodiest and most foul murders goes unwhipped of justice, and uncensured by the community in which he lives.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • I had never encountered a being who deliberately perpetrated fraud against himself.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • perpetrated = did (something wrong or illegal)
  • That they did not bury any of their dead, and the reckless slaughter they perpetrated, point also to an entire ignorance of the putrefactive process.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Jim Hall believed that the judge knew all about it and was hand in glove with the police in the perpetration of the monstrous injustice.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • How many thousands of times, on the trails, and in the wide-streeted little towns all over the West, had this stalk of the cowboy's been perpetrated!
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest

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