Definitions for Incestˈɪn sɛst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•cestˈɪn sɛst(n.)

  1. sexual relations between persons so closely related that they are forbidden by law or religion to marry.

    Category: Sociology, Anthropology

  2. the crime of sexual relations, cohabitation, or marriage between such persons.

    Category: Sociology, Anthropology

Origin of incest:

1175–1225; ME < L incestus (n.) sexual impurity, der. of incestus (adj.) profane, sexually impure =in-in-3+castuschaste

Princeton's WordNet

  1. incest(noun)

    sexual intercourse between persons too closely related to marry (as between a parent and a child)

Wiktionary

  1. incest(Noun)

    Sexual relations between close relatives (too closely related to be legally married), usually considered taboo, and a crime in many jurisdictions.

  2. Origin: From incestus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incest(noun)

    the crime of cohabitation or sexual commerce between persons related within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law

Freebase

  1. Incest

    Incest is sexual intercourse between family members and close relatives. The term may apply to sexual intercourse between individuals in a close "blood relationship", members of the same household, step relatives, those related by adoption or marriage, or members of the same clan or lineage. The incest taboo is and has been one of the most widespread of all cultural taboos, both in present and in many past societies. Most modern societies have laws regarding incest or social restrictions on closely consanguineous marriages. In societies where it is illegal, consensual adult incest is seen by some as a victimless crime. In some societies, such as those of Ancient Egypt and others, brother–sister, father–daughter, and mother–son, cousin-cousin, aunt-nephew, uncle-niece, and other permutations of relations were practiced among royalty as a means of perpetuating the royal lineage. Some writers have described the marriage and relationship of Cain with his sister as incestuous. Some societies, such as the Balinese and some Inuit tribes have different views about what constitutes illegal and immoral incest. However, parent-child and sibling-sibling unions are almost universally forbidden.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Incest

    Sexual intercourse between persons so closely related that they are forbidden by law to marry.

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