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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
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  • The greatest clog on the science of criminology is the aversion to breaking away from traditions.

  • criminology (to use an awkward word) is finding a human center.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • It is indeed commonly recognised in criminology that, other things being equal, crime varies with the density of population.

    The Evolution of Modern Capitalism John Atkinson Hobson
  • I told him that I was interested in Anthropology in so far as it threw light on criminology.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • Moreover, I can quote the opinion of the writer on criminology—Josiah Flynt—as corroborative of my statements.

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
  • This message from my pen is not a work on criminology or penology.

    After Prison - What? Maud Ballington Booth
  • Lombroso speaks of the system as a practical application of the results of the science of criminology.

    A Plea for the Criminal James Leslie Allan Kayll
  • His works on sociology and criminology revealed him to the public.

    Underground Man Gabriel Tarde
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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