Expletive - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈeksplətɪv|  American pronunciation of the word expletive
Brit.  |ɪkˈspliːtɪv|  British pronunciation of the word expletive

noun

- profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger(syn: curse, cuss, oath, swearing, swearword)

expletives were deleted

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

Examples

Angry expletives filled the air.

Expletives were deleted from the transcript of their conversation.

...blatted an obscene expletive before biting the dust...

Word forms

noun
singular: expletive
plural: expletives
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