• WordNet 3.6
    • n incest sexual intercourse between persons too closely related to marry (as between a parent and a child)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Incest The crime of cohabitation or sexual intercourse between persons related within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law;
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n incest The offense of cohabitation or sexual commerce between persons related within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by the law or established usage of a country. In this offense illegitimate consanguinity is of the same effect as legitimate.
    • n incest The holding, by a vicar or other beneficiary, of two benefices, one of which depends upon the collation of the other.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Incest in′sest sexual intercourse within the prohibited degrees of kindred
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  • Arnold Bax
    Arnold Bax
    “You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk dancing.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. inceste, L. incestum, unchastity, incest, fr. incestus, unchaste; pref. in-, not + castus, chaste. See Chaste
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. incestusin, not, castus, chaste.


In literature:

This fellow here, Marcion, is a sailor from Sinope excommunicated for incest.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
"The New Testament" by Various
Is't not a kind of incest to take life From thine own sister's shame?
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
Rapes and incests decorate his pages.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
Every foot of it reeked with incest and murder.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
DOBRIZHOFFER, abhorrence of incest by the Abipones, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Their crime was not adultery only, but was coloured with the deeper stain of incest.
"History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth. Vol. II." by James Anthony Froude
We thus see that the great majority of savages extend their idea of incest much further than we do.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
It was not incest; for Lot, another preacher of righteousness, committed that.
"The Negro: what is His Ethnological Status? 2nd Ed." by Buckner H. 'Ariel' Payne
The question of incest needs explaining.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
Only by overcoming this habit of paternal incest can further social evolution become possible.
"The Position of Woman in Primitive Society" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Wantonness of every description is to be made as much a sin as incest, both by law and also by the world's opinion.
"A Problem in Greek Ethics" by John Addington Symonds
Incest and the foulest vices were bad enough, but witchcraft was worse.
"Witch Stories" by E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
Christianity hardly interferes even to interdict incest.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
Sons committed incest with their mothers, fathers with their daughters, brothers with their sisters, and uncles with their nieces.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
In 1801 a Mrs Addison claimed an absolute divorce on the ground of her husband's incest with her sister.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
Incest was punishable by confiscation of property; bigamy, by death.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
The same is true of incest.
"The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State" by Frederick Engels
The puzzle is when we find myths as low as the story of the incest of Heitsi Eibib among the Greeks.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
There is also a sense of distaste towards incest, and of the apparently natural evils arising therefrom.
"An Outline of Sexual Morality" by Kenneth Ingram

In poetry:

Alone to the weight of impassivity,
Incest of spirit, theorem of desire,
Without will as chalky cliffs by the sea
Empty as the bodiless flesh of fire:
"Last Days Of Alice" by Allen Tate
Shou'dst thou thy father's bed with incest stain,
Though first-begotten, thou his curse sohu'dst get,
And Judah thy inheritance obtain;
Whilst thou hast nothing, but a long regret.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard

In news:

A Western Kentucky man was arrested on charges of child molestation and incest .
A 20-year-old North Naples man is accused of incest after a female relative became pregnant.
Dad-daughter incest pair 'abused' as kids.
Rape Abuse and Incest National Netowrk.
I've never heard of a pregnancy from rape or incest .
Man sentenced on rape, incest charges in Etowah County.
An Etowah County man was sentenced to a total of 55 years in prison on charges of rape and incest .
Scott County deputies arrest man for incest .
SC would not pay for abortions in rape, incest .
SC senators say state health plan shouldn't cover abortions in cases of rape or incest .
The Plight of Pakistan's Child Incest Survivors.
Incest Arrest in Owego.
Three weeks before Josh Powell killed himself and kids in a violent inferno, Utah authorities disclosed to social workers for the first time that his computer once contained some 400 images of cartoon sex and incest .
Josh Powell had 400 cartoon sex and incest images.
We all know the old adage that Iceland is actually green and Greenland is full of ice, but Iceland is also full of something a bit more disturbing – INCEST .