criminology

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

noun

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 forms

crim·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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criminology

/ (ˌkrɪmɪˈnɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the scientific study of crime, criminal behaviour, law enforcement, etcSee also penology

Derived Forms

criminological (ˌkrɪmɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or criminologic, adjectivecriminologically, adverbcriminologist, noun

Word Origin for criminology

C19: from Latin crimin- crime, -logy
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