Detective vs Whydunit - What's the difference?

detective | whydunit |


As nouns the difference between detective and whydunit

is that detective is detective (police officer who looks for evidence) while whydunit is a type of detective story in which the focus is not on who committed the crime, but what were their motives for committing it.

detective

Noun

(en noun)
  • (law enforcement) A police officer who looks for evidence as part of solving a crime; an investigator.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1928, author=Lawrence R. Bourne
  • , title=Well Tackled! , chapter=7 citation , passage=The detective kept them in view. He made his way casually along the inside of the shelter until he reached an open scuttle close to where the two men were standing talking. Eavesdropping was not a thing Larard would have practised from choice, but there were times when, in the public interest, he had to do it, and this was one of them.}}
  • A person employed to find information not otherwise available to the public.
  • Synonyms

    * (law enforcement) DT (abbreviation), Det (abbreviation) * (person employed to find information) private detective, private investigator * (person employed to find information) dick , private dick :(slang)

    Derived terms

    * (sense) detective constable (DC) * (sense) detective sergeant (DS) * (sense) detective inspector (DI) * (sense) detective chief inspector (DCI) * detective story * (sense) detective superintendent () * (sense) detective chief superintendent (DCS) * house detective * private detective * woman detective constable (WDC)

    whydunit

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A type of detective story in which the focus is not on who committed the crime, but what were their motives for committing it.
  • 1985 , Laurence Urdang, Walter W. Hunsinger, Nancy LaRoche: Picturesque expressions: a thematic dictionary , p 420[http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=E3MYAAAAIAAJ&q=whodunit+howdunit+whydunit&dq=whodunit+howdunit+whydunit&lr=]:
  • :* Connery takes over the interrogation and in the process beats the man to death. This much we know almost from the beginning, so the film is less of a whodunit than a whydunit .