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penology (piːˈnɒlədʒɪ Pronunciation for penology



  1. the branch of the social sciences concerned with the punishment of crime
  2. the science of prison management
Also called: poenology

Derived Forms

penological (ˌpiːnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl Pronunciation for penological  adjective
ˌpenoˈlogically adverb
peˈnologist noun

Word Origin

C19: from Greek poinē punishment

Example Sentences Including 'penology'

They were standing alone, amidst the ruins of another great experiment in penology , in Port Arthur in Tasmania.
Kippax, Frank The Scar


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