Definition of victimology in English:



  • 1The study of the victims of crime and the psychological effects of their experience:

    ‘specialists in victimology will gather to consider how best to help the victims of crime recover’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Areas of expertise include violence and victimology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have been begging anyone who would listen over the past two years for a program in mass victimology to prepare for the next tragedy after 9 / 11.’
    • ‘Dr Burgess was recognized for her work in the field of victimology.’
    • ‘A new tale is being spun in the the never-ending saga of female victimology.’
    • ‘I would love to but I have my victimology class in the morning.’
  • 2A mental attitude which tends to indulge and perpetuate the feeling of being a victim:

    ‘conservatives reject victimology and the idea that state-sanctioned victim groups are entitled to compensatory privileges’
    [in singular] ‘his prison experience seems to have ingrained in him a deep-seated victimology, a sense of the nobility of helplessness and suffering’
    • ‘But coming from a woman who married her wealth, this kind of victimology is a little, er, rich.’
    • ‘In Tom's victimology we see a type of an ever-present feminist fantasy: to be good, a man really needs to be more like a woman.’
    • ‘So he positions himself as a victim, yet he is part of the crowd of people who speak out against victimology when third-world or poor people talk about being victimized.’
    • ‘More and more, African-American iconoclasts reject victimology and embrace American possibility.’
    • ‘But it is the grievance of a people who turn their own misdeeds into their own victimology, thus making rational discourse all but impossible.’
    • ‘Our main concern must be with new generations, who can fulfill their potential only in an America where victimology, separatism, and anti-intellectualism don't flourish among black Americans.’
    • ‘And I discovered its secret resource: a treasure trove of courageous black men who utterly reject victimology and stand up for personal responsibility.’
    • ‘To summarize: these different versions of victimology set the question of researching victims of crime in quite different ways.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kudos to federal judges Pollack and Baer for not bending to the victimology and sentimentalism of the times.’