Definition of incestuous in English:


Pronunciation /ˌinˈsesCH(o͞o)əs/ /ˌɪnˈsɛstʃ(u)əs/

Translate incestuous into Spanish


  • 1Involving or guilty of incest.

    ‘the child of an incestuous relationship’
    • ‘Rather, it only contains the usual bans on bigamous or incestuous marriage.’
    • ‘The question in this appeal is whether there are different policy objectives animating the breach of a parent's fiduciary duty as compared with incestuous sexual assault.’
    • ‘Cousin marriages between two adults are not, of course, incestuous in this sense.’
    • ‘That group includes affines, based upon the theological idea that as husband and wife were one, marriage to a sister-in-law was as incestuous as marriage to a sister.’
    • ‘He claimed that the marriage was incestuous and illegal, as Catherine had been married to his dead brother, Arthur.’
    • ‘Despite all that solicitude for the privacy of would-be spouses, the prohibition on incestuous marriages stands.’
    • ‘Holding open the prospect of incestuous marriage would devastate family life by, effectively, legitimizing sexual predation within it.’
    • ‘The title of the film refers to a clause in global law forbidding incestuous sexual relations.’
    • ‘How did those incestuous acts and their interpretation function in relationship to other ideas about the family, gender, sexuality, and the social order?’
    • ‘As the feminists saw it, bringing incestuous rape out of the closet would finally vindicate the truth of women's experience.’
    • ‘But is it not true that the child conceived as a result of a rape or incestuous relation is also a victim?’
    • ‘After a major mobilization against rape, it turned its attention to the violence of incestuous familial relations.’
    • ‘The incestuous marriage between Oedipus and Jocasta, a fruitful symbiotic union, had continued for seventeen years when the play Oedipus Rex begins.’
    • ‘Psychotherapists' opinions, practices, and experiences with recovery of memories of incestuous abuse.’
    • ‘In several cases of incestuous abuse, the effects of breach of trust were extended to the family unit itself.’
    • ‘They also involved themselves in incestuous marriages in a like manner of the Pharaohs.’
    • ‘Stead portrays the relationship between Katherine and Leslie as incestuous.’
    • ‘Wotan's lawful wife, Fricka, forbids this - she is outraged by disobedience to proper marriage vows and she demands the death of the incestuous twins.’
    • ‘Later we have his incestuous seduction by his half-sister Morgan Le Fay, and the love triangle among Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere.’
    • ‘A sledgehammer leans against the wall behind him; Gillespie's ominous drawing of the incestuous mother and son hangs on the opposite wall.’
  • 2(of human relations generally) excessively close and resistant to outside influence.

    ‘the incestuous nature of literary journalism’
    • ‘Yet the paper of record is chasing an editor who edits a magazine that is, by its very nature, in an incestuous relationship with the movie business while the other story lays there.’
    • ‘As an aside, this incestuous relationship between the tour and Sky also led to the reprehensible sale of the Ryder Cup to a satellite channel to which only a small percentage of the country's golfers subscribe.’
    • ‘The First Minister's downfall has led to the lid being lifted on the incestuous relationships between Labour politicians, activists, private companies and the state.’
    • ‘The deal is interesting because of the complex and somewhat incestuous relationship between Caldera, SCO, Microsoft, Citrix, and Novell.’
    • ‘I have mentioned the incestuous relationships between car manufacturers the world over, and the Suzuki-Nissan is typical of what is happening.’
    • ‘Over there, they say, gigantic uncompetitive cartels have an incestuous relationship with government, leading to corruption at all levels.’
    • ‘These incestuous relationships between industry and the U.S. government are the norm rather than the exception.’
    • ‘The incestuous relationships between regulators and the industries they are supposed to regulate have been exposed.’
    • ‘Here, the incestuous relationship between high public office and big business is so obvious that it discredits official politics.’
    • ‘They are so freakish that no one in their right mind would ever associate with them outside of their little incestuous group, anyway.’
    • ‘Not that the integrity of the independent directors is at issue in the Smurfit case but simply the incestuous nature of the markets which tends to favour the big money.’
    • ‘Given the incestuous nature of politics, most of the top campaign staffers know each other from prior campaigns.’
    • ‘A small tight knit crowd, almost incestuous in its relationships, giving rise to complex situations which seem to skitter out of control.’
    • ‘The Canberra press gallery has too incestuous a relationship with politicians.’
    • ‘The relationship between major corporations and the government isn't incestuous, because the politicians are pawns, not bedfellows.’
    • ‘One detects in their commentary a note of annoyance that the incestuous relations between corporate interests and government have emerged so openly.’
    • ‘But the brass business is what might be termed incestuous and it isn't rare for one of the ‘majors’ to make brass for another.’
    • ‘And, like all incestuous political organizations, at times the power of the mob falls into the hands of less-than-capable leaders.’
    • ‘Not in a legal sense clearly, but it is difficult not to regard this incestuous relationship between party and state as somehow improper.’
    • ‘The incestuous relationship between the BBC and the Government is a disgrace.’


Early 16th century from late Latin incestuosus, from Latin incestus (see incest).