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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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  • If there were an interchange of words, the criminologist could not detect it.

    The Voice on the Wire Eustace Hale Ball
  • His wide fame as a criminologist and consulting detective had implanted no egotism in him.

    No Clue James Hay
  • The first duty of the criminologist is to probe to the cardinal causes for a given type of criminal.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • These were most interesting volumes from the criminologist's point of view.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • "Rector 4471, sir," answered the criminologist in the best falsetto tone he could muster.

    The Voice on the Wire Eustace Hale Ball
  • It is up to the criminologist to work skillfully and consistently with skilled tools.

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


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 criminologist



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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