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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

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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In Inmaculada, alternatively, Garcia Ponce presents an incestual relationship that is unusual for several reasons.
He saw in the composition a set of irregular sexual behaviors, culminating in the sequence of incestual encounters between Enki and his daughters.
She argues that instead of seeing such sympathetic and familial feeling as democratic, we should consider the way such literature's obsession with incestual and "familiar objects" ultimately teaches readers "to love [only] those to whom one already feels related" (3).
Freud at one point defines these disallowed impulses of the Thing as "egoistic, sadistic, perverse or incestual" (44); whilst elsewhere he also refers to them as our "individual" sense of the "prehistoric" (45): a second sense he takes himself to have discovered in each of our childhoods, to go with the one Darwin discovers for our species way back in the Palaeolithic.
(16.) This in effect is coterminous with the ontological meaning of ouroboric incestual determination of the dynamics of desire--the total incorporation into the maternal phallic womb.
For example, Neil Watson observes in Go Down, Moses "the triple threat of forbidden desires, the explicit interracial and incestual taboos juxtaposed with the implicit, still unnameable taboo of homoeroticism" (205).
His insanity, his self-enclosure, and his death are the result of a self-promoting dialectic and thus produce an incestual synthesis.