Incest meaning

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The crime of sexual relations with a person defined by statute as too closely related.
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The definition of incest is sex between close blood relatives.

An example of incest is a brother and sister having sex.

An example of incest is an uncle molesting his five year old nephew.

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Sexual relations between persons who are so closely related that their marriage is illegal or forbidden by custom.
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Sexual intercourse between persons too closely related to marry legally.
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Sexual relations between close relatives, usually considered taboo; in many jurisdictions, close relatives are not allowed to marry, and incest is a crime.

Genetic problems caused by incest are thought to have plagued many royal families in the Middle Ages.

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Sexual molestation of a child or adolescent by a relative, esp. by a parent or other adult relative.
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Origin of incest

  • Middle English from Latin incestum from neuter of incestus impure, unchaste in- not in–1 castus pure, chaste kes- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin incestus.

    From Wiktionary