expletive

Definitions:

  • An exclamation or oath, especially one that is profane, vulgar, or obscene.
  • None
  • A word or phrase that does not contribute any meaning but is added only to fill out a sentence or a metrical line.
  • A word or other grammatical element that has no meaning but is needed to fill a syntactic position, such as the words <em>it</em> and <em>there</em> in the sentences <em>It's raining</em> and <em>There are many books on the table.</em>
  • Added or inserted in order to fill out something, such as a sentence or a metrical line.
  • Serving to fill up; added to fill a vacancy, or for factitious emphasis: specifically used of words. See II., 2.
  • Something used to fill up; something not necessary but used for embellishment.
  • In <em>rhetoric</em> and <em>grammar</em>, a word or syllable which is not necessary to the sense or construction, or to an adequate description of a thing, but which is added for rhetorical, rhythmical, or metrical reasons, or which, being once necessary or significant, has lost notional force.
  • Hence, by euphemism, an oath; an exclamatory imprecation: as, his conversation was garnished with <em>expletives.</em>
  • Filling up; hence, added merely for the purpose of filling up; superfluous.
  • A word, letter, or syllable not necessary to the sense, but inserted to fill a vacancy; an oath.
  • Serving to <xref>fill up</xref>, merely for <xref>effect</xref>, otherwise redundant
  • Marked by expletives (<xref>phrase</xref>-<xref>fillers</xref>)
  • A <xref>profane</xref>, <xref>vulgar</xref> term, notably a <xref>curse</xref> or <xref>obscene</xref> <xref>oath</xref>.
  • A <xref>word</xref> without <xref>meaning</xref> added to fill a <xref>syntactic</xref> <xref>position</xref>.
  • A word that adds to the <xref>strength</xref> of a <xref>phrase</xref> without affecting its meaning.
  • a word or phrase conveying no independent meaning but added to fill out a sentence or metrical line
  • profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
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