Definition of Incest

1. Noun. Sexual intercourse between persons too closely related to marry (as between a parent and a child).

Generic synonyms: Criminal Congress, Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
Derivative terms: Incestuous

Definition of Incest

1. n. The crime of cohabitation or sexual commerce between persons related within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

Definition of Incest

1. Noun. Sexual relations between close relatives (too closely related to be legally married), usually considered taboo, and a crime in many jurisdictions. ¹

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Definition of Incest

1. sexual intercourse between closely related persons [n -S]

Medical Definition of Incest

1. Sexual activity between individuals so closely related that marriage is prohibited. Incest involving a child is a form of child abuse. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Incest

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Literary usage of Incest

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1. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1905)
"Rape is accomplished by the impelling force of one person, and incest by the ... Assent by both parties is a necessary ingredient of the crime of incest. ..."

2. The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas by Edward Westermarck (1908)
"Among the Chinese incest with a grand-uncle, a father's first cousin, a brother, or a nephew, is punishable by death, and a man who marries his mother's ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Crimes by William Lawrence Clark, William Lawrence Marshall, Herschel Bouton Lazell (1905)
"incest.—incest is marriage or cohabitation, or sexual intercourse without marriage, ... It seems that incest was not a crime at all at common law, ..."

4. The American State Reports: Containing the Cases of General Value and by Abraham Clark Freeman (1892)
"—On the trial of a charge of incest, evidence mi to violence nsed in the commission of ... Rape and incest an two distinct crimes, and while evidence of the ..."

5. Commentaries on the Criminal Law by Joel Prentiss Bishop (1868)
"... believing such party to be dead, contracts a second marriage, the cohabitation under this second marriage is not punishable as adultery.1 incest? § 24. ..."

6. The Primitive Family in Its Origin and Development by Carl Nicolai Starcke (1889)
"Conception of exogamy and endogamy—Their relation to incest—Modern ideas of incest—Immorality and incest—Various explanations of exogamy—Symbol of rape—Its ..."

7. The General Principles of the Law of Evidence: In Their Application to the by Frank Sumner Rice (1894)
"incest. § 527. The Term Defined. 528. Concurring Assent of both Parties Necessary. 529. Consanguinity may be Proved by Defendant. 530. ..."

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