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EXPLETIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does expletive mean? 

EXPLETIVE (noun)
  The noun EXPLETIVE has 2 senses:

1. profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
2. a word or phrase conveying no independent meaning but added to fill out a sentence or metrical line

  Familiarity information: EXPLETIVE used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXPLETIVE (noun)


Sense 1expletive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

curse; curse word; expletive; oath; swearing; swearword; cuss

Context example:

expletives were deleted

Hypernyms ("expletive" is a kind of...):

profanity (vulgar or irreverent speech or action)


Sense 2expletive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A word or phrase conveying no independent meaning but added to fill out a sentence or metrical line

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("expletive" is a kind of...):

utterance; vocalization (the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication)


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