swear word

noun
\ˈswer-ˌwərd \
variants: or less commonly swearword

Definition of swear word 

: a profane or obscene oath or word

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And there were plenty of Georgian motifs, including sweatshirts printed with the country’s name its native script — and shirts printed with what Gvasalia says is the worst swear word in his language. Kristen Bateman, The Cut, "Vetements Showed Shirts Printed With a Russian Insult," 2 July 2018 What followed was around an hour of skits, rap songs, cameos, and dancing peppered with swear words and sexist jokes. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "YouTube Star Jake Paul’s Fame Is Fading," 16 June 2018 The film’s trailer included some dialogue, which featured Hindi swear words. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Pakistan Bans Bollywood Female Comedy," 31 May 2018 Back in those ancient days, people even had hobbies other than crafting unnecessary protest signs featuring a mix of exotic swear words and scary emojis. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, "The Last Gasps of Outrage Culture?," 26 Jan. 2018 For all their shock value, swear words are practical and elastic, capable of threatening aggression or coaxing a laugh. The Economist, "Foul playThe power of profane language," 25 Jan. 2018 Experiments show that swear words learned early are pulse quickeners, memory sharpeners and pain killers. Emma Byrne, Time, "The Absolute F-cking Best Swear Word For You," 23 Jan. 2018 His first word was a swear word, perhaps because Jordan was recalling how the Warriors annihilated the Clippers last season, beating L.A. by an average of 21.5 points. Broderick Turner, latimes.com, "Clippers seek to break 10-game losing streak to Golden State," 29 Oct. 2017 That punishment, popular with some parents a half-century or more ago, was often levied after a child uttered a swear word close enough for Mom or Dad to hear. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Trump's NFL comments: Straight talk or vulgar language?," 25 Sep. 2017

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1833, in the meaning defined above

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