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criminology

[krim-uh-nol-uh-jee] /ˌkrɪm əˈnɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the study of crime and criminals: a branch of sociology.
Origin of criminology
1855-1860
1855-60; < Latin crīmin- (stem of crīmen; see crime) + -o- + -logy
Related forms
criminological
[krim-uh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌkrɪm ə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
criminologic, adjective
criminologically, adverb
criminologist, noun
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Examples from the Web for criminologist
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  • His wide fame as a criminologist and consulting detective had implanted no egotism in him.

    No Clue James Hay
  • And a curious shade of behavior might have here interested a criminologist.

  • These were most interesting volumes from the criminologist's point of view.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • It is up to the criminologist to work skillfully and consistently with skilled tools.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • In any case, as he is he is for the criminologist to make over.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • They all looked eagerly at the criminologist on his return, but his face was sphinxlike.

    The Black Box E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for criminologist

criminology

/ˌkrɪmɪˈnɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the scientific study of crime, criminal behaviour, law enforcement, etc See also penology
Derived Forms
criminological (ˌkrɪmɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), criminologic, adjective
criminologically, adverb
criminologist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin crimin-crime, -logy
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Word Origin and History for criminologist

criminology

n.

1890, from Latin stem of criminal + -ology. Criminologist is recorded from 1857.

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