[ in-sest ]
/ ˈɪn sɛst /
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.
Words nearby incest
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British Dictionary definitions for incests
/ (ˈɪnsɛst) /
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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Medical definitions for incests
[ ĭn′sĕst′ ]
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.
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Cultural definitions for incests
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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