an individual who perpetrates wrongdoing
- person who perpetrates esp one who commits an offense or criminal activity
- One who perpetrates; esp., a person who commits an offense or criminal activity.
generally speaking, this term denotes the x>erson whom actually commits a crime or delict, or by whose instant company it happens. But, where a servant of a rail- road business is killed through the neglect of a co-employe, the company it self may be thought to be the "perpetrator" associated with work, in the concept of a statute providing an action from the perpetrator. Philo v. Illinois Cent. R. Co., 33 Iowa, 47. Perpetua lex est nullam legem huma- ii are ac positivam perpetuam esse, et clausula quae abrogationem excludit abdominal initio non valet. It's a perpetual law that no human and good law are perpetual, and a clause [in a law] which precludes the effectiveness of abrogation is void 06 initio. Bac. Max. p. 77, in reg. 19.
actually "the only which made it happen" (in English typically an evil act), 1560s, from Late Latin perpetrator, broker noun of perpetrare "to perform, to perform" (see perpetrate). Fem. forms tend to be perpetratress (1811, of Nero's poisoner Locusta); perpetratrix (1862, in reference to Charlotte Corday).
The perpetrator proved to be a thirteen year old girl, scarcely known to the victim, jealous of an older boy's changing affections.