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Origin of incest
Examples from the Web for incest
Incest and the foulest vices were bad enough, but witchcraft was worse.Witch Stories|E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
Incest, which is peculiarly the crime of the weak, the wretched and the poor, has a somewhat different origin.Crime: Its Cause and Treatment|Clarence Darrow
Incest and infanticide are as common among them as among the lower animals.The Earl of Beaconsfield|James Anthony Froude
Incest is the marrying or cohabiting together as husband and wife, of persons related to each other within certain degrees.The Government Class Book|Andrew W. Young
Incest is, like many other incorrect things, a very poetical circumstance.The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4|Lord Byron
Word Origin 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 relatives who are forbidden by law to marry; for example, between father and daughter or mother and son.