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criminology

[krim-uh-nol-uh-jee] /ˌkrɪm əˈnɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the study of crime and criminals: a branch of sociology.
Origin of criminology
1855-1860
1855-60; < Latin crīmin- (stem of crīmen; see crime) + -o- + -logy
Related forms
criminological
[krim-uh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌkrɪm ə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
criminologic, adjective
criminologically, adverb
criminologist, noun
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  • He abstracted the severed head of Becker on some criminological excuse, and took it home in his official box.

  • But kernels of criminological thought can be contained in a thin volume.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • They are so barren of originality that a criminological Linnæus could classify them with absolute nicety.

    Max Carrados Ernest Bramah
  • This is very instructive from the criminological point of view.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • Additional bibliography of psychological and criminological works likely to be generally helpful has been appended.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • The night the visitors came Richard Pell worked late among the great banks of criminological computers.

    Brink of Madness Walter J. Sheldon
  • The Inspector General would, of course, act as first criminological aid to the Governor, by whom he would be guided practically.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • Similes miss the chamois-skin criminologist solely by the fact of criminological stunts he essays, but cannot manage.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
British Dictionary definitions for criminological

criminology

/ˌkrɪmɪˈnɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the scientific study of crime, criminal behaviour, law enforcement, etc See also penology
Derived Forms
criminological (ˌkrɪmɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), criminologic, adjective
criminologically, adverb
criminologist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin crimin-crime, -logy
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Word Origin and History for criminological

criminology

n.

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

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