the study of crime and criminals: a branch of sociology.

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for criminology

Contemporary Examples of criminology

Historical Examples of criminology

  • Criminology (to use an awkward word) is finding a human center.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • The literature of criminology has sought an answer to the enigma of the criminal.

  • I told him that I was interested in Anthropology in so far as it threw light on Criminology.

    My Life

    Josiah Flynt

  • This message from my pen is not a work on criminology or penology.

    After Prison - What?

    Maud Ballington Booth

  • His works on sociology and criminology revealed him to the public.

    Underground Man

    Gabriel Tarde

British Dictionary definitions for criminology



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 criminology

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper