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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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Her original sin is surely the incestuous passion for her own father, but the pivotal moment in her life is her fraud, her mixing and blurring of reality, which becomes symbolic of the nature of the incest, i.
Either way incest is structurally associated with one's identity and role within society.
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According to him (and to the majority of Romans) incest is a crime against nature which casts the individual out of the human consortium.
It disposes of the incest in a rather flippant manner characteristic of Ovid's speaker, who is seldom totally serious, particularly when he is moving toward a new story, as he is doing here.