Definition of perp in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəːp/


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.


1980s: abbreviation.

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