Definition of penology noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//piːˈnɒlədʒi//
; NAmE NAmE//piːˈnɑːlədʒi//
; BrE BrE//ˈnɒlədʒi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːlədʒi//
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the scientific study of the punishment of criminals and the operation of prisons Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from Latin poena ‘penalty’ + -logy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: penology