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.
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How to use incest in a sentence
It soon becomes apparent, though, that the ongoing nonconsensual incest that sets an increasingly ugly chain of events in motion is of a different sort.Jo Nesbo’s ‘The Kingdom’ is a suspenseful bundle of Norwegian noir that’s almost impossible to put down | Richard Lipez | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
A man buried in a huge, roughly 5,200-year-old Irish stone tomb was the product of incest, a new study finds.
Socially sanctioned incest tends to be rare throughout history but is known from instances of royal inbreeding.
Mating between brothers and sisters, for example, occurred in some ancient societies with ruling families headed by men regarded as gods not subject to human incest taboos.
Only the Newgrange man, who was interred in the largest and most impressive structure, had inherited genetic markers of incest.
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) | Isaac D'Israeli
incest is, like many other incorrect things, a very poetical circumstance.The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4 | Lord Byron
incest was originally a requirement to make it possible for human beings to multiply.Woman and Socialism | August Bebel
incest is common, in Switzerland especially, among the inhabitants of isolated mountain chalets.The Sexual Question | August Forel
incest and infanticide are as common among them as among the lower animals.The Earl of Beaconsfield | James Anthony Froude
British Dictionary definitions for incest
sexual intercourse between two persons commonly regarded as too closely related to marry
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Cultural definitions for incest
Sexual relations between relatives who are forbidden by law to marry; for example, between father and daughter or mother and son.
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