nounNorth American informal
The perpetrator of a crime.
- 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.
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