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incest

 [in´sest]
sexual activity between persons so closely related that marriage between them is legally or culturally prohibited.

in·cest

(in'sest),
1. Sexual relations between people closely related by blood, especially between parent and child, brother and sister.
2. The crime of sexual relations between persons related by blood, where such cohabitation is prohibited by law.
[L. incestus, unchaste, fr. in-, not, + castus, chaste]

incest

/in·cest/ (in´sest″) sexual activity between persons so closely related that marriage between them is legally or culturally prohibited.

incest

[in′sest]
Etymology: L, incestum, defiled
sexual intercourse between persons too closely related to marry legally. incestuous, adj.

incest

Vox populi Sexual intercourse among close kin–eg, brother/sister, parent/offspring, first cousins, based on genealogic or totemic descent, or by reason of marriage or adoption; incest is illegal in most societies. See Conguinity.

in·cest

(in'sest)
1. Sexual relations between people closely related by blood, especially between parents and their children, and between sibs.
2. The crime of sexual relations between people related by blood, where such cohabitation is prohibited by law.
[L. incestus, unchaste, fr. in-, not, + castus, chaste]

incest

Sexual intercourse between close blood relatives, especially between brothers and sisters, fathers and daughters, or mothers and sons. The ‘prohibited degrees’ vary in extent in different legal systems. There is a strong social taboo against incest now thought to be based on social and psychological, rather than genetic, factors.
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By constructing his visual rendering of the interconnections between the past and present communities of Frontera, Sayles succeeds in fashioning the elaborate incestual cultural metaphor that so troubles Chavez.
On the specific level, the Grimms' adaptations of their material in subsequent editions of the KHM involve a tendency to censor references to the sexual maturity of the girl figure; an emphasis on the loving brother-sister relationship from which incestual (sic) traces are effaced; and the addition of Christian references and diminutives corresponding to the Biedermeier ideal of innocent childhood.
Further, the loss which constitutes the ultimate "beyond" of desire for the male may well be "the maternal paradise in which every demand [sexual, incestual as well as emotional] is immediately gratified.
In1931, psychoanalyst Ernest Jones suggested that the repeated intrusion of these fearful dreams into sleep is related to an "anxiety neurosis" and massively repressed incestual wishes.
In fact, the tragedy results from an obsession to control genetic material, through pure direct lineage, from a paradox of incestual contamination (Peeples 2002: 182-183) that eventually leads to self-destruction.
Hints of incestual feelings emerge, as the two teenagers continue to share a closet-sized bedroom, and the sister disrobes in front of her brother in a remote shack.
The novel's incestual union between Dalva and Duane Stonehorse, who unknowingly share a father, is not a sign of coming catastrophe as traditional associations with incest might suggest.