Definition of perp in English:

perp

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Pronunciation: /pəːp
 
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noun

North American informal
  • The perpetrator of a crime: he steps into a pothole chasing a perp down a dark street
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    • 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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