Incest

Incest is sexual activity or marriage between very close family members, including mother or father, step-parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents; or in other words, sexual relations between persons to whom marriage is prohibited by custom or law because of their close kinship. The precise meaning of incest varies widely, because different cultures have differing notions of 'sexual activity' and 'close family member.’ Some consider only those related by birth, others also consider those related by adoption or marriage; some prohibit sexual relations between people who grew up in the same household, while others prohibit sexual relations between people who grew up in related households.

Sometimes the word 'incestuous' is also used metaphorically to describe other inappropriately close relationships, for example, between an authority figure and a subordinate, or between people in the same profession or creative field.

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