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expletive

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noun ex·ple·tive \ˈek-splə-tiv\

Simple Definition of expletive

  • : a word or phrase (such as “Damn it!”) that people sometimes say when they are angry or in pain; especially : one that is offensive

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of expletive

  1. 1 a :  a syllable, word, or phrase inserted to fill a vacancy (as in a sentence or a metrical line) without adding to the sense; especially :  a word (as it in “make it clear which you prefer”) that occupies the position of the subject or object of a verb in normal English word order and anticipates a subsequent word or phrase that supplies the needed meaningful content b :  an exclamatory word or phrase; especially :  one that is obscene or profane

  2. 2 :  one that serves to fill out or as a filling

Examples of expletive in a sentence

  1. Angry expletives filled the air.

  2. Expletives were deleted from the transcript of their conversation.



1612

First Known Use of expletive

1612

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expletive

adjective ex·ple·tive

Definition of expletive

  1. 1 :  serving to fill up <expletive phrases>

  2. 2 :  marked by the use of expletives



Origin and Etymology of expletive

Late Latin expletivus, from Latin expletus, past participle of explēre to fill out, from ex- + plēre to fill — more at full


First Known Use: 1666

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