Definition of perp in English:

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perp

Pronunciation: /pərp/

noun

North American informal
The perpetrator of a crime.
Example sentences
  • For example, battery under the common law was a general intent crime requiring the perp's awareness that he is acting in a proscribed manner.
  • She stole a police squad car with the perp who shot the chief of police.
  • The local show that assists police with their investigations has been on the scene for 100 episodes tonight, having helped solve over 500 crimes and seen 130 perps caught.

Origin

1980s: abbreviation.

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Syllabification: perp

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