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.

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At Florida State, Tony earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice in 2002 and played on the football team under former coach Bobby Bowden. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony reports negative financial net worth, according to new filing," 29 June 2019 John MacDonald, professor of criminology and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, has studied the relationship between heat and crime and offered some theories as to why crime levels can increase with temperature. Likhitha Butchireddygari, WSJ, "Heat Waves Precipitate More Crime in Poor Areas, Study in L.A. Finds," 24 June 2019 Grant Duwe, who has a Ph.D. in criminology and is the director of research and evaluation at the Minnesota Department of Corrections, gathered data going back 100 years in his 2007 book, Mass Murder in the United States: A History. Dennis Prager, National Review, "Why So Many Mass Shootings?," 4 June 2019 Virtually no one in criminology disputes the age-crime curve. German Lopez, Vox, "Cory Booker has a plan to reform the criminal justice system — without Congress," 20 June 2019 In 1982, George Kelling and James Q. Wilson proposed a criminology theory called Broken Windows. BostonGlobe.com, "Is Suffolk County District Attorney Rollins right in her policy not to prosecute certain crimes?," 14 June 2019 Violence is so pervasive in this city, once a premier Mexican tourist destination, that criminology has become a thriving new profession. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Latin America Is the Murder Capital of the World," 20 Sep. 2018 Michael Levi, a professor of criminology who researches money laundering and corruption at Cardiff University in the U.K., said in an email. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Swedbank’s Crisis Management Questioned in Walk-Up to Money-Laundering Investigations," 3 Apr. 2019 Thomas Mauriello, a lecturer in criminology at the University of Maryland who worked as a senior polygraph examiner at the Defense Department. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Polygraph exam taken by Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford comes under scrutiny," 19 Sep. 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 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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