criminology

[ krim-uh-nol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌkrɪm əˈnɒl ə dʒi /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. criminate,
  2. criminative,
  3. crimini,
  4. criminogenic,
  5. criminol.,
  6. criminous,
  7. criminy,
  8. crimmer,
  9. crimogenic,
  10. crimp

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

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British Dictionary definitions for criminology

criminology

/ (ˌkrɪmɪˈnɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

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

criminology

n.

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

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