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

criminological

play \ˌkri-mə-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective

criminologically

play \ˌkri-mə-nə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

criminologist

play \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.

Origin and Etymology of criminology

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


CRIMINOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

criminology

noun

Definition of criminology for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

criminology

noun crim·i·nol·o·gy \ ˌkrim-ə-ˈnäl-ə-jē \

medical Definition of criminology

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

criminological

play \-ən-ᵊl-ˈäj-i-kəl\ adjective

criminologically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

criminologist

play \ˌkrim-ə-ˈnäl-ə-jəst\ noun

Law Dictionary

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

criminological

play \ˌkri-mə-nə-ˈlä-jə-kəl\ adjective

criminologically

adverb

criminologist

play \ˌkri-mə-ˈnä-lə-jist\ noun

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