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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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This new amendment gives the heinous act of incest its due punishment rather than it being dealt with as just an assault or attack.
Although one might expect some type of punishment for these sins of incest, none is inflicted, not even in eschatological times.
Harkins makes the connection that in linking incest, through recovered memories, to PTSD and trauma, all child abuse came to seen as traumatic.
Another interesting variable regarding incest taboos has to do with the fact that some societies permit certain exceptions.
Incest was not a crime but a moral prohibition that did not enter into legal jurisdiction.
Fritzl, 73, who kept his daughter Elisabeth imprisoned in a home-made dungeon for 24 years while fathering seven children by her, pleaded guilty to rape and incest charges, as expected.
However, incest, by contrast, is punishable by up to one year in prison.
He also faces charges of rape, incest, false imprisonment and enslavement and is expected to go on trial in March.
Incest is so critical to the novel s themes, structure, and political purposes that Of One Blood should be considered as a singularly notable if not pioneering treatment of the subject in the African American literary tradition, where the matter of incest has been, as Trudier Harris once observed, "especially taboo" (495).
Karen Sanchez-Eppler, "Temperance in the Bed of a Child: Incest and Social Order in Nineteenth-Century America," American Quarterly, v.
Chapters Sixteen and Seventeen draw correlations between alcohol/drug abuse and suicide and incest.
The father accused of having a sexual relationship with his adult biological daughter pleaded guilty to incest Friday in Lane County Circuit Court.