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ex·ple·tive

 (ĕk′splĭ-tĭv)
n.
1. An exclamation or oath, especially one that is profane, vulgar, or obscene.
2.
a. A word or phrase that does not contribute any meaning but is added only to fill out a sentence or a metrical line.
b. Linguistics A word or other grammatical element that has no meaning but is needed to fill a syntactic position, such as the words it and there in the sentences It's raining and There are many books on the table.
adj.
Added or inserted in order to fill out something, such as a sentence or a metrical line.

[From Late Latin explētīvus, serving to fill out, from Latin explētus, past participle of explēre, to fill out : ex-, ex- + plēre, to fill; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

expletive

(ɪkˈspliːtɪv)
n
1. (Linguistics) an exclamation or swearword; an oath or a sound expressing an emotional reaction rather than any particular meaning
2. (Linguistics) any syllable, word, or phrase conveying no independent meaning, esp one inserted in a line of verse for the sake of the metre
adj
expressing no particular meaning, esp when filling out a line of verse
[C17: from Late Latin explētīvus for filling out, from explēre, from plēre to fill]
exˈpletively adv

ex•ple•tive

(ˈɛk splɪ tɪv)

n.
1. an interjectory word or expression, frequently profane; an exclamatory oath.
2. a syllable, word, or phrase that serves to fill out a sentence, line of verse, etc., without conveying any meaning of its own, as the word it in It is raining.
adj.
3. Also, ex′ple•to`ry. added merely to fill out a sentence or line, give emphasis, etc.
[1600–10; < Late Latin explētīvus supplementary = Latin explēt(us), past participle of explēre to fill up (ex- ex1 + plēre to fill) + -īvus -ive]
ex′ple•tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.expletive - profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or angerexpletive - profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger; "expletives were deleted"
profanity - vulgar or irreverent speech or action
2.expletive - a word or phrase conveying no independent meaning but added to fill out a sentence or metrical line
utterance, vocalization - the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

expletive

noun swear word, curse, obscenity, oath, four-letter word, cuss (informal), profanity, rude word He muttered an expletive under his breath.

expletive

noun
A profane or obscene term:
Informal: cuss.
Translations
kiroussadattelutäytetäytesanatäyttävä

expletive

[eksˈpliːtɪv]
A. N (Gram) → palabra f expletiva; (= oath) → palabrota f, improperio m
B. ADJ (Gram) → expletivo

expletive

[ɪkˈspliːtɪv] njuron m

expletive

n (= exclamation)Ausruf m; (= oath)Kraftausdruck m, → Fluch m; (Gram: = filler word) → Füllwort nt
adj expletive word (Gram) → Füllwort nt

expletive

[ɪksˈpliːtɪv] n (frm) (swear word) → imprecazione f
References in classic literature ?
He was detestably poor, and this was the reason, no doubt, that his expletive expressions about betting, seldom took a pecuniary turn.
I expelled the nasty stuff with a strong English expletive and said, "Foreigner, beware
In the radiance of these discoveries, and the tumult of their reaction, she made a fool of herself as freely and conspicuously as when she so rashly adopted Eliza's expletive in Mrs.
Not that he was calling upon God; it was a mere expletive, but it came from his soul.
Simpson, after having let a variety of expletive adjectives loose upon society without any substantive to accompany them, tucked up his sleeves, and began to wash the greens for dinner.
He hurled at the unfortunate creature the most energetic expletives in the English tongue.
Strings of expletives he swung lashlike over the backs of his men, and it was evident that his previous efforts had in nowise impaired his resources.
Some time elapses in the present instance before the old gentleman is sufficiently cool to resume his discourse, and even then he mixes it up with several edifying expletives addressed to the unconscious partner of his bosom, who holds communication with nothing on earth but the trivets.
The affair seemed to grow more complicated, and the Colonel, with his expletives and his indignation, confused rather than informed me.
No one could have repeated the field marshal's address, begun solemnly and then changing into an old man's simplehearted talk; but the hearty sincerity of that speech, the feeling of majestic triumph combined with pity for the foe and consciousness of the justice of our cause, exactly expressed by that old man's good-natured expletives, was not merely understood but lay in the soul of every soldier and found expression in their joyous and long-sustained shouts.
He had risen to carry his decision into effect when there suddenly broke upon his ear, uttered in loud and menacing tones, a volley of German oaths and expletives among which he heard Englische schweinhunde repeated several times.
scoundrel,' 'rascal,' 'insolent puppy,' and a variety of expletives no less flattering to the party addressed, with such great relish and strength of tone, that a dozen voices raised in concert under any ordinary circumstances would have made far less uproar and created much smaller consternation.