Definition of victimology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌviktəˈmäləjē/

noun (plural victimologies)

1The study of the victims of crime and the psychological effects on them of their experience.
Example sentences
  • Ultimately, though, Notre Musique is a study of victimology.
  • The author's clinical experience and studies with a concentration in victimology place her squarely on the side of these victims of aggression.
  • Much of the seminal work in major areas of forensic psychology, including risk assessment, psychopathy, eyewitness testimony, victimology, credibility assessment, and criminal behaviour, has been done here.
1.1The possession of an outlook, arising from real or imagined victimization, that seems to glorify and indulge the state of being a victim.
Example sentences
  • More and more, African-American iconoclasts reject victimology and embrace American possibility.
  • And I discovered its secret resource: a treasure trove of courageous black men who utterly reject victimology and stand up for personal responsibility.
  • You might say that the true act of decommissioning required of republicans in return was not of bullets, bats and rackets, but of victimology, the standing down of the sense of grievance that had been their driving force.

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Syllabification: vic·tim·ol·o·gy

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