Origin of criminology

1855–60; < Latin crīmin- (stem of crīmen; see crime) + -o- + -logy
Related formscrim·i·no·log·i·cal [krim-uh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌkrɪm ə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, crim·i·no·log·ic, adjectivecrim·i·no·log·i·cal·ly, adverbcrim·i·nol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of criminologist

Historical Examples of criminologist

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for criminologist


  1. the scientific study of crime, criminal behaviour, law enforcement, etcSee also penology
Derived Formscriminological (ˌkrɪmɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or criminologic, adjectivecriminologically, adverbcriminologist, noun

Word Origin for criminology

C19: from Latin crimin- crime, -logy
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Word Origin and History for criminologist



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

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