vic·tim·ol·o·gy | \ˌvik-tə-ˈmä-lə-jē \

Definition of victimology 

1 : the study of the ways in which the behavior of crime victims may have led to or contributed to their victimization

2 : the claim that the problems of a person or group are the result of victimization

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victimologist \ˌvik-tə-ˈmä-lə-jist \ noun

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Yes, victimology has actually become something of a competition particularly on college campuses. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The caravan hit a wall that is Donald Trump," 7 Apr. 2018 So why do all of these pieces — the various ways Weinstein allegedly assaulted women, the victimology, the enablers — matter? Maureen Shaw, Teen Vogue, "I'm a Rape Survivor and the Harvey Weinstein Allegations Feel Like a Tipping Point," 18 Oct. 2017 Google’s rationale for firing James Damore perfectly mimics academic victimology—the equation of politically incorrect speech with violence, the silencing of nonconforming views, the refusal to hear what a dissenting speaker is actually saying. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Don’t Even Think About Being Evil," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of victimology

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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