expletive Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"expletive" in British English

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expletivenoun [C]

uk   /ɪkˈspliː.tɪv/  us   /ˈek.splə.t̬ɪv/
formal a word that is ​consideredoffensive: She ​dropped the ​book on her ​foot and let out a ​row/​string of expletives.expletive deleted used when an ​offensive word has been ​removed from a ​report of what someone has said
(Definition of expletive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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expletivenoun [C]

 us   /ˈek·splə·t̬ɪv/
a ​rude or ​offensive word used to ​expressanger, ​pain, ​annoyance, etc.
(Definition of expletive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “expletive”
in Spanish palabrota…
in Vietnamese lời chửi rủa…
in Malaysian makian…
in Thai คำสบถ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 咒骂语, 粗话…
in Turkish küfür, sövgü…
in Russian ругательство…
in Indonesian umpatan, makian…
in Chinese (Traditional) 咒罵語, 粗話…
in Polish przekleństwo…
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