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criminology Syllabification: crim·i·nol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌkriməˈnäləjē/

Definition of criminology in English:


The scientific study of crime and criminals.
Example sentences
  • At the University of Northumbria, applications to study criminology and forensic science have doubled.
  • By that time, Catrin was an undergraduate student studying criminology and criminal justice as part of a broader social sciences degree.
  • Significantly, they have been hugely overlooked as a source of knowledge about criminality within histories of criminology and theories of crime and deviance.


Pronunciation: /ˌkrimənlˈäjikəl/
Example sentences
  • In the final section I offer an example of the theory/research relationship from one sphere of criminological work - environmental criminology - in which I have myself been engaged.
  • A further criticism that might be made of the conventional map is that it does not readily encourage discussion of the wider practical impact of academic criminological research upon criminal justice strategies.
  • Exactly what that level of sentences should be in a particular country is a matter for debate, based on criminological research and, inevitably, restricted by social conventions.


Late 19th century: from Latin crimen, crimin- 'crime' + -logy.

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