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in·cest

incest

 
pronunciation:
In sest
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part of speech: noun
definition: sexual intercourse between people too closely related to legally marry.
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adjective + (n.)incest false, guilty, like, psychological, spiritual
verb + (n.)incest accuse, batter, bury, commit, experience, practice, rape, result, violate
(n.)incest + verb save, spawn, suffer
noun + (n.)incest Help abortion, accusation, adult, assault, battering, cannibalism, case, exception, harassment, homosexuality, horror, infidelity, link, marriage, memory, offspring, polygamy, proscription, rape, sex, sexuality, sibling, symptom, tale, theme, topic, victim, violence  [See all][See only the most frequent]
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The word incest contains the following part:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.