expletive expletive  /ˈɛksplə tɪv/


  1. (n) profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
  2. (n) a word or phrase conveying no independent meaning but added to fill out a sentence or metrical line


  1. Grundy couldn't hide his contempt, goading the band to increasingly expletive-strewn responses.
  2. Any linguist will tell you curse words don't translate; an expletive in one language is an innocent adjective in another.


  1. Johnny Manziel tweets he ‘can’t wait to leave College Station’

    Here we thought Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was too busy attending the NBA Finals to be harassed in College Station. Apparently something happened in the early morning hours on Sunday to tweet – with an expletive – that he … Continue reading ?
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Dr. Saturday via Yahoo! Sports

  2. Editorial - Wave Transit's new anti-profanity reminder an outgrowth of cruder society

    Expletive deleted
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Wilmington Star-News

  3. Threats, rage before ex-girlfriend's killing

    The warnings signs were many. There was the time he ransacked her apartment with bleach and detergent and stole her most sentimental possession, a box that contained a birth certificate from a failed pregnancy. There were the threatening, expletive-filled instant messages in which he called her a "slut'' after she broke up with him. There was a court order that ...        
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Boston Globe


  1. He added later that the seat "is a [expletive] valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing."
    on Dec 9, 2008 By: Rod Blagojevich Source: Imperial Valley News

  2. "It was the biggest call of my career, and I kicked the [expletive] out of it," Joyce said after the game to the Associated Press. "I just cost that kid a perfect game. I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I...
    on Jun 2, 2010 By: Jim Joyce Source: About - News & Issues (blog)

  3. At the end of her speech Friday, Coulter said: "I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word [expletive], so I'm kind of at an...
    on Mar 5, 2007 By: Ann Coulter Source: Washington Post

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