in·​ces·​tu·​ous | \ in-ˈses-chə-wəs How to pronounce incestuous (audio) , -ˈsesh- \

Definition of incestuous

1 : constituting or involving incest
2 : guilty of incest
3 : excessively or improperly intimate or exclusive "… mainstream fashion magazines have an incestuous relationship with advertisers, and that undermines integrity."— Ike Ude

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Other Words from incestuous

incestuously adverb
incestuousness noun

Examples of incestuous in a Sentence

There were rumors that the father and daughter had had an incestuous relationship.
Recent Examples on the Web Another penguin couple is in an extreme, semi-incestuous May-December relationship with an age difference of 17 years (FYI, Cape penguins live about 20 years). Aj Willingham, CNN, "Dramatic penguins, a miracle kidney match and a very delicious cake," 6 Dec. 2019 Among the most dramatic are that Ovid knew of an incestuous affair between Augustus and his daughter Julia, or that Ovid had a dalliance with Livia, the emperor’s wife. Esteban Berché, National Geographic, "Did Ovid's erotic poetry lead to his exile from Rome?," 26 Nov. 2019 Authorities also revealed that Larry and his daughter Amanda were allegedly involved in an incestuous relationship as well. Claudia Harmata,, "Man Confesses to Killing Daughter’s Boyfriend on Valentine's Day Before Marrying Her Himself," 20 Nov. 2019 And now our watch has ended: After eight seasons, countless deaths, and a few incestuous plot twists, Game of Thrones has come to a close. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Game of Thrones Finale Was a Big Womp Womp, According to the Internet," 20 May 2019 That year, the streaming space grew cluttered, if not downright incestuous: Apple bought Dr. Dre’s Beats Music, whose platform was acquired from a former PonoMusic consultant; Apple Music was born from that deal. Patrick Flanary, Quartz, "How Neil Young’s failed anti-streaming business helped the music industry," 19 Sep. 2019 As A Doll’s House had, Ghosts (1881)—with its revelations of infidelity, syphilis, and incestuous desire in a respectable bourgeois family—caused a scandal. Andrew Katzenstein, Harper's magazine, "The Radical Conservative," 16 Sep. 2019 Pruning extraneous sensory data focuses our attention on the weirdly close, quasi-incestuous but also furious Cain-and-Abel-like rivalry of these two outsized avatars of the American dream. New York Times, "Review: Sondheim’s Bumpy ‘Road Show,’ Now at the End of the Line," 25 July 2019 The incestuous marketing tactics didn’t stop there. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner's #KylieSkinSummerTrip Was Full of Cute Looks – But Was it Spon Con?," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of incestuous

1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Incestuous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of incestuous

: involving sexual intercourse between closely related people : involving incest


in·​ces·​tu·​ous | \ in-ˈses(h)-chə-wəs How to pronounce incestuous (audio) \

Medical Definition of incestuous

1 : constituting or involving incest
2 : of, relating to, or guilty of incest infantile incestuous wishes of the Oedipus complex

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