criminology

noun
crim·​i·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌkri-mə-ˈnä-lə-jē \

Definition of criminology

: the scientific study of crime as a social phenomenon, of criminals, and of penal treatment

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Other Words from criminology

criminological \ ˌkri-​mə-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \ adjective
criminologically \ ˌkri-​mə-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
criminologist \ ˌkri-​mə-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist \ noun

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Criminology includes the study of all aspects of crime and law enforcement—criminal psychology, the social setting of crime, prohibition and prevention, investigation and detection, capture and punishment. Thus, many of the people involved—legislators, social workers, probation officers, judges, etc.—could possibly be considered criminologists, though the word usually refers only to scholars and researchers.

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Martin Killias, criminology expert at Lausanne University told Geneva’s daily newspaper, Le Temps. Helena Bachmann, USA TODAY, "The Swiss are heavily armed. But mass shootings are rare here," 21 Feb. 2018 Guyger's intended major was criminology and criminal justice, Syed said. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Lawyer: Firing of officer who killed neighbor is premature," 25 Sep. 2018 Guyger’s intended major was criminology and criminal justice, Syed said. Ryan Tarinelli, The Seattle Times, "Lawyer: Firing of officer who killed neighbor is premature," 25 Sep. 2018 The Sun reported Meek graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice and was the immediate past president of the University Line Dance Club. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims Are Being Remembered by Friends and Family," 9 Nov. 2018 Here to react is Thomas Mauriello, former polygraph expert at the DOD, and current professor of criminology at the University of Maryland. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: The accusers' last act," 26 Sep. 2018 University officials identified the student as Daniel Birdsall, a criminology and criminal justice major, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Ohio State student dies after fall from parking garage," 6 Apr. 2018 Farmer, a senior pursuing a master’s degree in criminology, was in on 48 tackles, 19 of them solo, in 2017. Dave Molinari, Philly.com, "Koa Farmer ready for his turn on Penn State football team," 29 Mar. 2018 Craig Pallardy received a bachelor’s of arts in criminology and law studies. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of criminology

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for criminology

Latin crīmin-, crīmen "accusation, crime" + -o- + -logy

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criminology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of criminology

: the study of crime, criminals, and the punishment of criminals

criminology

noun
crim·​i·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌkrim-ə-ˈnäl-ə-jē \
plural criminologies

Medical Definition of criminology

: the scientific study of crime as a social phenomenon, of criminals, and of penal treatment

Other Words from criminology

criminological \ -​ən-​ᵊl-​ˈäj-​i-​kəl \ adjective
criminologically \ -​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
criminologist \ ˌkrim-​ə-​ˈnäl-​ə-​jəst \ noun

criminology

noun
crim·​i·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌkri-mə-ˈnä-lə-jē \

Legal Definition of criminology

: the scientific study of crime as a social phenomenon, of criminals, and of penal treatment

Other Words from criminology

criminological \ ˌkri-​mə-​nə-​ˈlä-​jə-​kəl \ adjective
criminologically adverb
criminologist \ ˌkri-​mə-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist \ noun

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