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perpetrate

verb [T] uk   /ˈpɜː.pə.treɪt/ us    /ˈpɝː-/ formal
to commit a crime or a violent or harmful act: In Britain, half of all violent crime is perpetrated by people who have been drinking alcohol. Federal soldiers have been accused of perpetrating atrocities against innocent people.Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour
perpetration
noun [U] uk   /ˌpɜː.pəˈtreɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌpɝː-/
Human rights activists have accused the country's government of a systematic perpetration of violence against minority groups.Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour
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