Expletive : Definition

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Pronunciation : Ex"ple*tive
Part of Speech : a.
Etymology : [L. expletivus, from expletus, p.p. of explere to fill up; ex out+plere to fill, akin to plenus full: cf. F. explétif. See Full.]
Definition : Defn: Filling up; hence, added merely for the purpose of filling up; superfluous. "Expletive imagery." Hallam. Expletive phrases to plump his speech. Barrow.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Ex"ple*tive
Part of Speech : n.
Definition : Defn: A word, letter, or syllable not necessary to the sense, but inserted to fill a vacancy; an oath. While explectives their feeble aid to join, And ten low words oft creep in one dull line. Pope.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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