Definition of 'expletive'
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He muttered expletives on court towards the end but quickly apologised. The Sun (2006)Simply stand there wafting an item backwards and forwards while kicking the machine and shouting mild expletives. Times, Sunday Times (2012)This is partly the effect of his Scottish accent, which makes expletives sound almost cosy. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He said some wrong things and used expletives, but he would also acknowledge his failures and limitations and that is one reason why his popularity grew. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But I'm sorry to say that he still uses expletives! Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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Used Rarely. expletive is in the lower 50% of commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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