expletive

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin explētīvus (serving to fill out), from Latin explētus, the perfect passive participle of expleō (fill out), itself from ex (out, completely) + *pleō (fill).

Adjective[edit]

expletive (comparative more expletive, superlative most expletive)

  1. Serving to fill up, merely for effect, otherwise redundant.
    • Hallam
      Expletive imagery.
    • Barrow
      Expletive phrases to plump his speech.
  2. Marked by expletives (phrase-fillers).

Synonyms[edit]

Translations[edit]

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Examples (syntactic filler)

It is snowing.

Examples (strengthener)

I'll give you a bloody good hiding

Noun[edit]

expletive (plural expletives)

  1. A profane, vulgar term, notably a curse or obscene oath.
  2. (linguistics) A word without meaning added to fill a syntactic position.
  3. (linguistics) A word that adds to the strength of a phrase without affecting its meaning; an intensifier.

Translations[edit]

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References[edit]

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967