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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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Examples from the web for criminology
  • The book takes readers on a fascinating journey through the history of criminology and details where the field stands today.
  • But her favorite application at the moment is unrelated to the concerns of fluid mechanics or criminology.
  • In sociology, the natural way to do that would be to focus on study and research in criminology.
  • The science of criminology is one which has been sadly neglected, considering its importance to the interests of society at large.
  • Cyber criminology evolving a novel discipline with a new journal.
British Dictionary definitions for criminology


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 criminology

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

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