criminology

noun
crim·​i·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌkri-mə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce criminology (audio) \

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 How to pronounce criminological (audio) \ adjective
criminologically \ ˌkri-​mə-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce criminologically (audio) \ adverb
criminologist \ ˌkri-​mə-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce criminologist (audio) \ 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.

Examples of criminology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Boyd has bachelor’s degree in criminology from Northern Illinois University and master’s degrees in education from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle and in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. chicagotribune.com, "Naperville People in the News," 3 Oct. 2020 Angela Roberts is a features and breaking news intern at The Baltimore Sun and a senior at the University of Maryland, majoring in journalism and criminology and criminal justice. Angela Roberts, baltimoresun.com, "Woman dies after being struck by a MARC train in Elkridge," 29 Sep. 2020 Soucy-Field, a 2014 graduate of Bristol Central High School, holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Central Connecticut State University. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Bristol begins rebuilding police ranks after retirements," 17 Sep. 2020 Broad statements about crime in the U.S. are also tricky because there are 18,000 police departments across the country and no single central records-management system, said University of Miami criminology professor Alex Piquero. Lindsay Whitehurst, The Christian Science Monitor, "In law-and-order debate, data paints safer picture than rhetoric," 17 Sep. 2020 Decades of criminology research suggest many inmates can be released with minimal risk of recidivism, Jacobson says. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Pandemic inspires new push to shrink jails and prisons," 17 Sep. 2020 Taylor, the criminology professor, was once a police officer in Portland, Oregon, where sometimes violent protests have raged in a small section of the city in recent weeks. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Cop killer: COVID-19 could eclipse 9/11 in causing police officer deaths," 5 Sep. 2020 Crime is another major interest of Rendon’s, who has read it all — true crime, Agatha Christie, psychological thrillers — and studied criminology at what was then Moorhead State College. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "McKnight honoree wants to use award to 'encourage other Native artists'," 21 Aug. 2020 Justin Nix, an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Nebraska Omaha, said the video raised several questions. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Wisconsin National Guard is deploying to Kenosha after police shot Jacob Blake in the back; father says Blake is out of surgery," 24 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of criminology was in 1872

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“Criminology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/criminology. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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criminology

noun
How to pronounce criminology (audio)

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 How to pronounce criminology (audio) \
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 How to pronounce criminological (audio) \ adjective
criminologically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce criminologically (audio) \ adverb
criminologist \ ˌkrim-​ə-​ˈnäl-​ə-​jəst How to pronounce criminologist (audio) \ noun

criminology

noun
crim·​i·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌkri-mə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce criminology (audio) \

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 How to pronounce criminological (audio) \ adjective
criminologically adverb
criminologist \ ˌkri-​mə-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce criminologist (audio) \ noun

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