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[krim-uh-nol-uh-jee] /ˌkrɪm əˈnɒl ə dʒi/
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
[krim-uh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌkrɪm ə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
criminologic, adjective
criminologically, adverb
criminologist, noun Unabridged
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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


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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