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noun 
  1. A profane, vulgar or obscene oath
  2. (linguistics) A word without meaning added to fill a syntactic position
    Example: - It in It is snowing
  3. (linguistics) A word that adds to the strength of a phrase without affecting its meaning
    Example: - bloody in I'll give you a bloody good hiding.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: expletie
  • French: explétif
adjective 
  1. serving to fill up
  2. marked be expletives (phrase-fillers)
Translations: 
  • Dutch: expletief
  • French: explétif
Etymology: From expletivus "serving to fill out," from expletus, the past participle of explere "to fill out", itself from ex- "out, completely" + plere "to fill"


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