penology

or poe·nol·o·gy

[ pee-nol-uh-jee ]
/ piˈnɒl ə dʒi /
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noun

the study of the punishment of crime, in both its deterrent and its reformatory aspects.
the study of the management of prisons.

Nearby words

  1. pennyweight,
  2. pennywort,
  3. pennyworth,
  4. penobscot,
  5. penobscot bay,
  6. penoncel,
  7. penpoint,
  8. penpusher,
  9. penrith,
  10. penrose

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

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British Dictionary definitions for penology

penology

/ (piːˈnɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

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 penology

penology

n.

"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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