- sexual intercourse between closely related persons.
- the crime of sexual intercourse, cohabitation, or marriage between persons within the degrees of consanguinity or affinity wherein marriage is legally forbidden.
Origin of incest
Examples from the Web for incest
Incest and infanticide are as common among them as among the lower animals.The Earl of Beaconsfield
James Anthony Froude
Incest and the foulest vices were bad enough, but witchcraft was worse.Witch Stories
E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
Incest with his mother is one of the sins of Oedipus, patricide the other.A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis
Incest appears to have had in his eyes peculiar charms; for he offered himself three times to three different sisters-in-law.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
Incest, which is peculiarly the crime of the weak, the wretched and the poor, has a somewhat different origin.Crime: Its Cause and Treatment
- sexual intercourse between two persons commonly regarded as too closely related to marry
Word Origin and History for incest
c.1200, "the crime of sexual intercourse between near kindred," from Old French inceste and directly from Latin incestum "unchastity, impious unchastity," also specifically "sex between close relatives," noun use of neuter adjective incestus "unchaste, impure," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + castus "pure" (see caste). In early use also in reference to sexual relations or marriage with one under a vow of chastity (sometimes distinguished as spiritual incest). Old English had sibleger "incest," literally "kin-lying."
- Sexual relations between persons who are so closely related that their marriage is illegal or forbidden by custom.
- The statutory crime of sexual relations with such a near relative.
Sexual relations between relatives who are forbidden by law to marry; for example, between father and daughter or mother and son.