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Webster 1828 Edition


Incest

IN'CEST

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Noun.
[L. incestum; in and castus, chaste.]
The crime of cohabitation or sexual commerce between persons related within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by the law of a country.
Spiritual incest, is a like crime committed between persons who have a spiritual alliance by means of baptism or confirmation. It is also understood of a vicar or other beneficiary, who holds two benefices, the one depending on the collation of the other.

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incest

incest

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incest (usually uncountable, plural incests)

  1. Sexual relations between close relatives, especially immediate family members and first cousins, 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.
    • 2005, George R. R. Martin, A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, page 225:
      He was only Craster's whelp, an abomination born of incest, not the son of the King-beyond-the-Wall.

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incest (third-person singular simple present incests, present participle incesting, simple past and past participle incested)

  1. To engage in sexual intercourse with a relative.

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  • IPA(key): /ǐntsest/
  • Hyphenation: in‧cest

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ìncest m (Cyrillic spelling ѝнцест)

  1. incest

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