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in·cest

 (ĭn′sĕst′)
n.
1. Sexual relations between persons who are so closely related that their marriage is illegal or forbidden by custom.
2. The crime of sexual relations with a person defined by statute as too closely related.

[Middle English, from Latin incestum, from neuter of incestus, impure, unchaste : in-, not; see in-1 + castus, pure, chaste; see kes- in Indo-European roots.]

incest

(ˈɪnsɛst)
n
sexual intercourse between two persons commonly regarded as too closely related to marry
[C13: from Latin incestus incest (from adj: impure, defiled), from in-1 + castus chaste]

in•cest

(ˈɪn sɛst)

n.
1. sexual relations between persons so closely related that they are forbidden by law or religion to marry.
2. the crime of sexual relations, cohabitation, or marriage between such persons.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Latin incestus (n.) sexual impurity, derivative of incestus (adj.) profane, sexually impure =in- in-3 + castus chaste]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.incest - sexual intercourse between persons too closely related to marry (as between a parent and a child)
criminal congress, unlawful carnal knowledge - forbidden or tabu sexual intercourse between individuals
Translations
insestisukurutsaus

incest

[ˈɪnsest] Nincesto m

incest

[ˈɪnsɛst] ninceste m

incest

nInzest m, → Blutschande f

incest

[ˈɪnsɛst] nincesto

in·cest

n. incesto.

incest

n incesto
References in classic literature ?
I mean those which are awake when the reasoning and human and ruling power is asleep; then the wild beast within us, gorged with meat or drink, starts up and having shaken off sleep, goes forth to satisfy his desires; and there is no conceivable folly or crime-- not excepting incest or any other unnatural union, or parricide, or the eating of forbidden food--which at such a time, when he has parted company with all shame and sense, a man may not be ready to commit.
As if, when the marriage institution is abolished, concubinage, adultery, and incest, must not necessarily abound; when all the rights of humanity are annihilated, any barrier remains to protect the victim from the fury of the spoiler; when absolute power is assumed over life and liberty, it will not be wielded with destruc- tive sway
Florence's incest is a political one: the attempt to seduce the Pope, as "pater patrum," against her own mother Rome.
Gianni Schicchi falsified a legal will, thus breaking juridical laws, and Myrrha committed incest, thus breaking natural laws, and both went against social rules, counterfeiting their identities.
Nonetheless, since the fundamental criterion in the assignment of a proper location in Hell is to be punished according to one's worst sin, we must assume that Dante considered either the fraud of impersonation dominant over incest or incest as a fraud of impersonation.