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incest

[ in-sest ]
/ ˈɪn sɛst /
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noun
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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Origin of incest

1175–1225; Middle English <Latin incestus (noun) sexual impurity, derivative of incestus (adj.) profane, sexually impure (in-in-3 + -cestus combining form of castuschaste), by analogy with v. nouns derived with -tus
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British Dictionary definitions for incest

incest
/ (ˈɪnsɛst) /

noun
sexual intercourse between two persons commonly regarded as too closely related to marry

Word Origin for incest

C13: from Latin incestus incest (from adj: impure, defiled), from in- 1 + castus chaste
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Cultural definitions for incest

incest

Sexual relations between relatives who are forbidden by law to marry; for example, between father and daughter or mother and son.

notes for incest

Though each society has its own system for determining the range of people who fall into this category, every society has an incest taboo of some sort.
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