criminalist

noun
crim·​i·​nal·​ist | \ ˈkri-mə-nə-list How to pronounce criminalist (audio) \

Definition of criminalist

: a specialist in criminalistics

Examples of criminalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Susan Hassan, a criminalist supervisor with the Plano Police Department, testified as photos were displayed showing shell casings, blood and bullet holes all over the apartment McCall shared with Gamez. Dallas News, "‘You killed a cop tonight’: Detective says man who fired on police acted shocked to learn Richardson officer had died," 19 Feb. 2020 The police union represents about 950 rank-and-file officers, sergeants, detectives and forensic criminalists. oregonlive, "Outside labor lawyer, Portland’s lead negotiator, starts first bargaining session with Portland police union over new contract," 8 Feb. 2020 Police criminalists later lifted Dorn’s fingerprint from a bottle found with the vehicle, the affidavit said. oregonlive, "Man on meth stole 7 trucks, mostly U-Haul pickups or vans, camped in them and then torched them during 3-week crime spree," 15 Jan. 2020 The union represents about 850 rank-and-file officers, sergeants, detectives and forensic criminalists. oregonlive, "President of Portland’s police union fields questions from community as contract negotiations near," 20 Nov. 2019 The union represents about 950 rank-and-file officers, sergeants, detectives and forensic criminalists. oregonlive, "Portland police labor contract: Community coalition calls for public input, changes," 11 Sep. 2019 Portland police Detective Travis Law, Gresham criminalist DeAnna Gross and Gresham Detective Tim Snider investigated the case. oregonlive, "Man tied to 6 armed robberies sentenced to nearly 16 years in state prison," 13 Sep. 2019 On the morning of June 10, a criminalist took fingerprints and palm prints for Downs and identified him that afternoon. oregonlive.com, "‘I have a knife. I have a bomb. And I have a hostage’: Portland police release details from fatal June officer-involved shooting," 21 Aug. 2019 Greenville County’s drug lab recently purchased about $150,000 in new equipment for that purpose, and created a new position to operate it, according to James Armstrong, Greenville County’s chief criminalist. Conor Hughes, BostonGlobe.com, "South Carolina CBD stores left confused amid raids, new opinion," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of criminalist

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for criminalist

criminal entry 1 + -ist entry 1

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“Criminalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/criminalist. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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criminalist

noun
crim·​i·​nal·​ist | \ ˈkri-mə-nə-list How to pronounce criminalist (audio) \

Legal Definition of criminalist

: one who practices criminalistics as a profession

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