Definition of criminology in US English:

criminology

noun

  • The scientific study of crime and criminals.

    • ‘With a degree in political science and criminology, he became a probation officer in Florida.’
    • ‘In January, she began a course of further study for a Master's Degree in social policy and criminology.’
    • ‘The largest independent criminology study ever conducted into CCTV concluded two years ago that it has had little or no effect on crime.’
    • ‘Next month she will head for Cardiff to study law and criminology.’
    • ‘He said Caroline was studying criminology in an attempt to help someone like her killer have a better life.’
    • ‘Follow-up criminology studies have yet to determine whether the website route is effective.’
    • ‘This book will be of interest to urban historians and quantitative historians as well as students and scholars of criminology and policy studies.’
    • ‘I would definitely recommend this book to students studying legal psychology as well as criminology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both emphasize law enforcement as the central police function, and adopt the rational deterrence model of classical criminology, albeit at different stages of the argument.’
    • ‘She devoured books and pamphlets on rhetoric, art, criminology, theology, psychology, philosophy, the list could go on and on.’
    • ‘For the past twenty to thirty years, control theories of crime have been at the center of theoretical development in criminology.’
    • ‘In contrast, conflict marxist and radical criminology regarded crime as a function of poverty, reflecting a power imbalance in society.’
    • ‘Her particular areas of interest are Indigenous criminal justice and forensic issues in criminology.’
    • ‘Significantly, they have been hugely overlooked as a source of knowledge about criminality within histories of criminology and theories of crime and deviance.’
    • ‘Well now there's an institute named after her where they take science to criminology.’
    • ‘She was 21 and had a degree in criminology and psychology.’
    • ‘His primary interests are criminology, statistics, and criminal justice assessment and counseling.’
    • ‘This is a relatively new science in criminology.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

criminology

/ˌkrɪməˈnɑlədʒi//ˌkriməˈnäləjē/