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poenology

[pee-nol-uh-jee]
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noun
  1. penology.

penology

or poe·nol·o·gy

[pee-nol-uh-jee]
noun
  1. the study of the punishment of crime, in both its deterrent and its reformatory aspects.
  2. the study of the management of prisons.

Origin of penology

1830–40; peno- (combining form representing Greek poinḗ penalty) + -logy
Related formspe·no·log·i·cal [peen-l-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌpin lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivepe·nol·o·gist, noun
Can be confusedpenal penological punitive
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British Dictionary definitions for poenology

poenology

noun
  1. a variant spelling of penology

penology

noun
  1. the branch of the social sciences concerned with the punishment of crime
  2. the science of prison management
Also called: poenology
Derived Formspenological (ˌpiːnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepenologically, adverbpenologist, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Greek poinē punishment
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Word Origin and History for poenology

penology

n.

"study of punishment and crime prevention," 1838, coined apparently by Francis Lieber, corresponding member of the Philadephia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons, from pen- as in penitentiary (ultimately from Latin poena "penalty, punishment;" see penal) + -ology "study of." Related: Penologist; penological.

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