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perpetuate (verb) continue something, usually a bad thing, for a very long time.

A system perpetuates inequality and injustice, if it makes them continue for a very long time. Color differences perpetuate racism; that is, the difference between the colors of the different races makes racism continue for a very long time. 'Britain can never escape the blame for perpetuating colonialism for centuries.' This means that Britain cannot escape the blame for continuing colonialism for such a long period.

  • Islamic terrorism is aimed at perpetrating the hatred between the races and religions. Fanaticism always perpetrates inter-religious conflicts.
  • The Ku Klux Clan's only purpose was to perpetuate segregation and the denial of equal rights to the blacks.
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