Synonyms for incest

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Incest and infanticide are as common among them as among the lower animals.

Incest and the foulest vices were bad enough, but witchcraft was worse.

Incest with his mother is one of the sins of Oedipus, patricide the other.

Incest appears to have had in his eyes peculiar charms; for he offered himself three times to three different sisters-in-law.

Incest, which is peculiarly the crime of the weak, the wretched and the poor, has a somewhat different origin.

Incest is the marrying or cohabiting together as husband and wife, of persons related to each other within certain degrees.

Incest was common among them, and they were extremely addicted to drunkenness.

Incest is punishable by payment of one's wergeld or a fine or forfeiture of all his possessions.

Incest is the practical result of some of the branches of this new-fangled system of sealing and marriage.

Incest is, like many other incorrect things, a very poetical circumstance.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "the crime of sexual intercourse between near kindred," from Old French inceste and directly from Latin incestum "unchastity, impious unchastity," also specifically "sex between close relatives," noun use of neuter adjective incestus "unchaste, impure," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + castus "pure" (see caste). In early use also in reference to sexual relations or marriage with one under a vow of chastity (sometimes distinguished as spiritual incest). Old English had sibleger "incest," literally "kin-lying."

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