perpetrate vs perpetuate : Common Errors in English

perpetrate or perpetuate

“Perpetrate” is something criminals do (criminals are sometimes called"perps” in cop slang). When you seek to continue something you aretrying to perpetuate it.
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  • v  perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
    perpetrate a crime

  • v  cause to continue or prevail
    perpetuate a myth
News & Articles

  • Why Govenments Are Lying About Life Expectancy
    Russian literature is not something that is going to cheer you up. In Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, his main character sets out to buy up the servitude of dead serfs to perpetrate a grand fraud. It is not a happy read.
    July 8, 2013 - Forbes
  • Wire transfer company warns of “family scams”
    VIRGINIA BEACH -- MoneyGram, a money transfer company, is fighting back against the criminals who give their company a bad name. Often, thieves target unsuspecting victims with stories that lure them into wiring money, which turns out to be a scam. "We hate it when fraudsters use our services to perpetrate fraud," says MoneyGram spokesperson, Mike Gutierrez. The company is sending out a warning ...
    June 11, 2013 - 13 News, WVEC Hampton Roads

  • PTC Council and traffic on Hwy. 54W.: Trail of red herrings
    Roadblocks erected by Mayor Haddix and Mr. Dienhart in the Peachtree City Council threaten to perpetuate and expand the traffic jam on Ga. Highway 54 West. The commercial development at Line Creek Drive south of Hwy. 54 continues to languish but remains the focus of political diatribe. The roadblocks are caused, in my humble opinion, by the mayor’s misunderstandings regarding traffic, traffic ...
    June 18, 2013 - The Fayette Citizen
  • SEC Uses HFT Firm-Designed Tool To Find That HFT Doesn't Cause Flash Crashes
    Just when one thought the SEC has hit rock bottom in stupidity, corruption and porn-addiction terms, to paraphrase the beloved Dennis Gartman, it whips out a shovel and starts digging. Today's case in point: a report by the agency that Mary Schapiro made into Wall Street's punching bag (and whose legacy her Morgan Stanley-friendly replacement is set to perpetuate) according to which "unexplained ...
    June 18, 2013 - Zero Hedge
  • 2013 NHL playoffs: Penguins, Kings learning being physical isn't enough
    There's a fallacy that works its way into the discussion regarding each postseason and one that fans and media alike perpetuate. NHL teams, according to the narrative, need to be physically dominant in order to be successful past the regular season and almost certainly need to have such an advantage to even get to the postseason. It's interesting to consider why this belief has been perpetuated ...
    June 7, 2013 - SB Nation