or poe·nol·o·gy



the study of the punishment of crime, in both its deterrent and its reformatory aspects.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for penologist

Historical Examples of penologist

  • We shall have the author of Jack Sheppard start as a penologist soon.

    The Cockaynes in Paris

    Blanchard Jerrold

  • The last is well known to every penologist and explicable in general psychological terms.

  • When his opportunity came, his audience did not consist of judge or jury, doctor, lawyer or penologist.

    This Crowded Earth

    Robert Bloch

British Dictionary definitions for penologist



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

Word Origin for penology

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



"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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