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Meaning of "expletive" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD EXPLETIVE

From Late Latin explētīvus for filling out, from explēre, from plēre to fill.
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PRONUNCIATION OF EXPLETIVE

expletive  [ɪkˈspliːtɪv] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF EXPLETIVE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Expletive can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES EXPLETIVE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of expletive in the English dictionary

The first definition of expletive in the dictionary is an exclamation or swearword; an oath or a sound expressing an emotional reaction rather than any particular meaning. Other definition of expletive is any syllable, word, or phrase conveying no independent meaning, esp one inserted in a line of verse for the sake of the metre. Expletive is also expressing no particular meaning, esp when filling out a line of verse.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH EXPLETIVE


abortive
əˈbɔːtɪv
accretive
əˈkriːtɪv
assertive
əˈsɜːtɪv
completive
kəmˈpliːtɪv
concretive
kənˈkriːtɪv
constitutive
ˈkɒnstɪˌtjuːtɪv
decretive
dɪˈkriːtɪv
deletive
dɪˈliːtɪv
depletive
dɪˈpliːtɪv
dilutive
daɪˈluːtɪv
discretive
dɪsˈkriːtɪv
distortive
dɪsˈtɔːtɪv
entreative
ɪnˈtriːtɪv
excretive
ɪksˈkriːtɪv
exertive
ɪɡˈzɜːtɪv
furtive
ˈfɜːtɪv
sportive
ˈspɔːtɪv
substitutive
ˈsʌbstɪˌtjuːtɪv
suppletive
səˈpliːtɪv
supportive
səˈpɔːtɪv

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE EXPLETIVE

explain away
explainable
explainer
explanation
explanative
explanatively
explanatorily
explanatory
explant
explantation
expletively
expletory
explicable
explicably
explicate
explication
explication de texte
explications de texte
explicative
explicatively

WORDS THAT END LIKE EXPLETIVE

active
alternative
automotive
competitive
cooperative
creative
disquietive
effective
executive
forgetive
in the negative
interactive
interpretive
native
negative
perspective
positive
quietive
secretive
vegetive

Synonyms and antonyms of expletive in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «EXPLETIVE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «expletive» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of expletive

Translation of «expletive» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF EXPLETIVE

Find out the translation of expletive to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of expletive from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «expletive» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

脏话
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

improperio
570 millions of speakers

English

expletive
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

दुर्वचन
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

كلمة بذيئة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

ругательство
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

palavrão
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অনুপূরক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

explétif
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Meletup
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Kraftausdruck
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

虚辞
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

조어
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Njeblug
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

trợ từ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

திடீர் என்று வியப்பு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

निष्फळ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

küfür
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

espletivo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

przekleństwo
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

лайка
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

expletiv
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

βλαστήμια
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vloek
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

expletiven
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

kraftuttrykk
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of expletive

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «EXPLETIVE»

The term «expletive» is regularly used and occupies the 70.931 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «EXPLETIVE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «expletive» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «expletive» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about expletive

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «EXPLETIVE»

Discover the use of expletive in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to expletive and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Expletive Deleted: A Good Look at Bad Language
In Expletive Deleted, linguist Ruth Wajnryb offers an entertaining yet thoroughly researched, lighthearted look at this development, seeking to reveal the etymologies of various terms and discover how what was once considered unfit-for ...
Ruth Wajnryb, 2005
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Verb Movement and Expletive Subjects in the Germanic Languages
This book is the study of two different kinds of variation across the Germanic languages.
Department of German Linguistics Stuttgart University Sten Vikner Assistant Professor, 1995
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Expletive Deleted
Collection of crime stories featuring the grand daddy swear word
Jen Jordan, 2007
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The Grotian Theology of International Law: Hugo Grotius and ...
Expletive Justice For Grotius expletive "justice is justice properly so called". In parallel to the faculty as perfect moral quality, he describes expletive justice as " justice in a genuine and strict sense".113 The first interesting aspect of Grotius' ...
Christoph A. Stumpf, 2006
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Syntactic Change: Toward a Theory of Historical Syntax
The expletive topic An expletive element is a nonreferring word whose function it is to fill an empty slot. There are therefore two prerequisites for the occurrence of expletives in a language in general and for its use in individual sentence tokens:  ...
Jan Terje Faarlund, 1990
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Subjects, Expletives, and the EPP
Icelandic expletive-associate1 constructions show that the widespread view that the expletive enforces the so-called Definiteness Effect on the associate, or the ' logical subject,' cannot be correct. Un controversial data presented below tell us ...
Peter Svenonius, 2002
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English Syntax: An Introduction
The reason for positing that expletive it is a caseless pronoun is that it is already active by virtue of its uninterpretable ^-features, and hence does not 'need' a case feature to make it active for agreement (unlike subjects with interpretable ...
Andrew Radford, 2004
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Clausal Architecture and Subject Positions: Impersonal ...
Vikner (1995) in addition postulates a distinction between expletive elements of pronominal origin (like //) and of locative origin (like there). He distinguishes three types of languages with respect to this classification. First, languages, such as ...
Sabine Mohr, 2005
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The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation: An Economy Approach
4.2 Existential Constructions and the Expletive Replacement Hypothesis In order to account for agreement facts in there constructions, as well as the chainlike relation between the expletive and its associate NP, Chomsky (1986b) proposes  ...
Željko Bošković, 1997
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Corpus Linguistics: Refinements and Reassessments
Magnus Ljung University of Stockholm Abstract This paper is a study of the functions often common expletive interjections in a 1 million- word sub-corpus from the spoken component of the BNC. The findings indicate that about a hundred ...
Antoinette Renouf, Andrew Kehoe, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «EXPLETIVE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term expletive is used in the context of the following news items.
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Another highway protestor enters plea, but still faces other charges
Investigators said Battle was advised that he'd be arrested if he didn't move, but he responded with another expletive. Then, according to the ... «WPRI 12 Eyewitness News, Jul 15»
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Resigning Judge Christopher Easthope used pot with lawyer he …
(Expletive) this man. CE: Duuuuide that blows – what a disincentive. No way!!! You need to chat with him dude-that's a fourth of what u billed ... «MLive.com, Jul 15»
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Trump vows long campaign, won't commit to backing GOP nominee
These [other candidates] debate every [expletive] night of their life. That's all they do. They talk.” Trump suggested that Mitt Romney spent too ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
4
Leon Houston's threat conviction thrown out
They better get somebody to lock that son of a (expletive) up! 'Cause I've got something for Mr. damn Logan! You let me get out of this «Local 8 Now, Jul 15»
5
Video shows Salinas victim's family helps nab suspect
“You're going to [expletive] pay, you're going to pay for what happened. You're not going to walk away from the [expletive] that you did.”. «The Salinas Californian, Jul 15»
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Lawyers in 50 Cent sex tape trial make final arguments before case …
... own alter ego “Pimpin' Curly” onto it and adding an expletive-laced narration of Leviston having sex with a new boyfriend, Maurice Murray. «New York Daily News, Jul 15»
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Boulder spokesman who knew of consultant's F-word-laden speech …
In this instance, Boone was attempting to galvanize local tech types into caring more — or, in slang terms, "giving a (expletive)" — about local ... «Boulder Daily Camera, Jul 15»
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Whoopi Goldberg talks threats for supporting Bill Cosby
Comedian Faizon Love defended him in November in a stream of expletive-laced tweets in which he took the alleged victims to task. Bill Cosby ... «CNN, Jul 15»
9
Farah Sparkles In Diamond League Victory
... to offer an olive branch following their spat earlier this year but Farah allegedly refused to shake his hand and issued a four-letter expletive. «Yahoo News UK, Jul 15»
10
Philly PD opens probe of Germantown police beating caught on tape
You're getting the [expletive] Taser!" as he approached Carroll and the officers. With about six officers surrounding him, Carroll was kicked and ... «Philly.com, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Expletive [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/expletive>. Apr 2020 ».
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