[ɪkˈspliːtɪv, ɛkˈspliːtɪv]
expletives (plural noun)
  1. an oath or swear word.
    "he was greeted by a stream of expletives"
    swear word · oath · curse · obscenity · profanity · epithet · imprecation ·
    four-letter word · exclamation · bad language · foul language · strong language · swearing · dirty word · cuss word · cuss
  2. grammar
    a word or phrase used to fill out a sentence or a line of verse without adding to the sense.
    filler · fill-in · stopgap · meaningless word/phrase ·
    redundant word/phrase · superfluous word/phrase · unnecessary word/phrase
  1. (of a word or phrase) serving to fill out a sentence or line of verse.
late Middle English (as an adjective): from late Latin expletivus, from explere ‘fill out’, from ex- ‘out’ + plere ‘fill’. The noun sense ‘word used merely to fill out a sentence’ (early 17th century) was applied specifically to a swear word in the early 19th century.
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Laguages Translations
Arabic عبارة بذيئة
Bosnian (Latin) psovka
Bulgarian (ADJECTIVE)ругатня, възклицание
Cantonese (Traditional) 感嘆
Catalan improperi
Chinese Simplified 感叹
Chinese Traditional 感歎
Croatian psovka
Czech kletba
Danish (ADJECTIVE)bandeord
Dutch (ADJECTIVE)expletief, vloekwoord
Estonian sõna jõud
Finnish (ADJECTIVE)voimasana
French (ADJECTIVE)juron, injure
German (ADJECTIVE)Kraftausdruck
Greek (ADJECTIVE)βλαστήμια
Hindi (ADJECTIVE)अतिरिक्त
Hungarian pót
Icelandic útilegu
Indonesian sumpah serapah
Italian (ADJECTIVE)imprecazione
Japanese (ADJECTIVE)虚辞
Korean 조 어
Latvian lamu vārds
Lithuanian (ADJECTIVE)Papildantį
Polish (ADJECTIVE)dopełniający
Portuguese (ADJECTIVE)palavrão
Querétaro Otomi improperio
Romanian (ADJECTIVE)expletiv
Russian (ADJECTIVE)бранное
Serbian (Cyrillic) псовка
Serbian (Latin) psovka
Slovak zvolání
Slovenian (ADJECTIVE)Psovka
Spanish improperio
Swedish (ADJECTIVE)svordom
Tamil எங்களை
Telugu ఎక్స్ ప్లోక్టివ్
Turkish küfür
Ukrainian лайливе слово
Urdu حشو
Vietnamese chỉ hư từ
Yucatec Maya improperio
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