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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The scientific study of crime, criminals, criminal behavior, and corrections.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of crime and criminals, especially their behaviour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A treatise on crime or the criminal population.
  • n. The branch of sociology which studies crime and criminals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of crime.
  • n. The science of crime.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the scientific study of crime and criminal behavior and law enforcement

Etymologies

Italian criminologia : Latin crīmen, crīmin-, accusation; see crime + Latin -logia, -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
criminal +‎ -logy (Wiktionary)

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