[pur-pi-trey-ter] /ˈpɜr pɪˌtreɪ tər/

a person who , or commits, an illegal, criminal, or evil act:
The perpetrators of this heinous crime must be found and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

literally “the one who did it” (in English usually an evil act), 1560s, from Late Latin perpetrator, agent noun of perpetrare “to perform, to accomplish” (see perpetrate). Fem. forms are perpetratress (1811, of Nero’s poisoner Locusta); perpetratrix (1862, in reference to Charlotte Corday).


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