Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COMMITTING

Even now, he was engaged in committing that crime which she had forbidden him.

The inference is that he was imported from abroad for the purpose of committing this outrage.

A person who escapes the evils of moderation by committing dyspepsia.

It was that he was a blockhead, and had no idea of the absurdity that he was committing.

She spoke with hesitation, as if afraid of committing herself.

I once did, and found that I was committing a great sin against the Maker of it.

For to do evil to men differs in no respect from committing injustice.

He saw something of the horror he was committing as Bill saw it.

And did not he die of typhoid within two weeks of committing that foolishness?

Then you knew that you were committing a breach of discipline in opening that letter?

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to give in charge, entrust," from Latin committere "to unite, connect, combine; to bring together," from com- "together" (see com-) + mittere "to put, send" (see mission). Evolution into modern range of meanings is not entirely clear. Sense of "perpetrating" was ancient in Latin; in English from mid-15c. The intransitive use (in place of commit oneself) first recorded 1982, probably influenced by existentialism use (1948) of commitment to translate Sartre's engagement "emotional and moral engagement."

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.