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Noun: expletive  ek-splu-tiv [N. Amer], ek'splee-tiv or ik'splee-tiv [Brit]
  1. Profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
    "expletives were deleted";
    - curse, curse word, oath, swearing, swearword, cuss, cussword [N. Amer]
     
  2. A word or phrase conveying no independent meaning but added to fill out a sentence or metrical line

Derived forms: expletives

Type of: profanity, utterance, vocalization

Encyclopedia: Expletive