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 criminology (audio) \ adjective
criminologically \ ˌkri-​mə-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce criminology (audio) \ adverb
criminologist \ ˌkri-​mə-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce criminology (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 These contradictory impulses both have a strong influence in Texas, said Kent Ryan Kerley, professor and chair of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Texas at Arlington. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Richard Rosenfeld, a professor of criminology and criminal justice, and Ernesto Lopez, a research specialist, wrote the study, which included 29 cities such as Los Angeles, Norfolk, Virginia, Chicago, Seattle and Nashville, Tennessee. Peter Nickeas And Emma Tucker, CNN, 29 July 2021 The anti-corruption prosecutor completed her Master’s degree last year, with a specialism in criminology. Zahra Nader, Time, 20 Aug. 2021 One of the most consistent findings in criminology is that the certainty of a sentence, not its severity, is what deters: detection, not punishment. John Pfaff, The New Republic, 21 June 2021 Kimchi, a University of Maryland criminology doctoral student, was taken by ambulance in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, 26 June 2021 Scott, the criminology expert, said such a dynamic should be a key consideration for investigators who examine domestic violence allegations against their law-enforcement colleagues. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, 4 June 2021 Alex Piquero, a University of Miami professor and criminology expert, said there is no proof that cops on the ground respond differently based on the neighborhood’s status or ethnic makeup. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, 30 May 2021 The increase was due to a number of factors, criminology experts told CNN. Amir Vera, CNN, 1 Jan. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/criminology. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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 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 criminology (audio) \ adjective
criminologically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce criminology (audio) \ adverb
criminologist \ ˌkrim-​ə-​ˈnäl-​ə-​jəst How to pronounce criminology (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 criminology (audio) \ adjective
criminologically adverb
criminologist \ ˌkri-​mə-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce criminology (audio) \ noun

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