Definition of perpetuate in English:

perpetuate

Line breaks: per¦petu|ate
Pronunciation: /pəˈpɛtʃʊeɪt
 
, -tjʊ-/

verb

[with object]

Derivatives

perpetuance

noun

perpetuation

Pronunciation: /-ˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More example sentences
  • Have they no concern for its continuity and perpetuation?
  • The answer lies beyond a perpetuation of memory and myth.
  • The conditions for the perpetuation of evil were now complete.

perpetuator

noun
More example sentences
  • Why make a mockery of a real problem by inviting its perpetuators to condemn it?
  • The man is a professional perpetuator of the myth.
  • Partly taken in by this, partly its perpetuator, he embraced that myth to service his artistic aims.

Origin

early 16th century: from Latin perpetuat- 'made permanent', from the verb perpetuare, from perpetuus 'continuing throughout' (see perpetual).

Usage

On the difference between perpetuate and perpetrate, see perpetrate (usage).

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