[ in-ses-choo-uh s ]
/ ɪnˈsɛs tʃu əs /


involving incest.
guilty of incest.
being so close or intimate as to prevent proper functioning: an incestuous relationship between organized crime and government.

Origin of incestuous

1525–35; < Late Latin incestuōsus, equivalent to Latin incestu- stem of incestus incest + -ōsus -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for incestuously


/ (ɪnˈsɛstjʊəs) /


relating to or involving incestan incestuous union
guilty of incest
obsolete resulting from incestan incestuous bastard
resembling incest in excessive or claustrophobic intimacy

Derived Forms

incestuously, adverbincestuousness, noun
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Medicine definitions for incestuously


[ ĭn-sĕschōō-əs ]


Of, involving, or suggestive of incest.
Having committed incest.
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