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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Expletive  \Ex"ple*tive\,  a.  [L.  expletivus  from  expletus  p.  p. 
  of  explere  to  fill  up  ex  out+plere  to  fill,  akin  to  plenus 
  full:  cf  F.  expl['e]tif.  See  {Full}.] 
  Filling  up  hence  added  merely  for  the  purpose  of  filling 
  up  superfluous.  ``Expletive  imagery.''  --Hallam. 
 
  Expletive  phrases  to  plump  his  speech.  --Barrow. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Expletive  \Ex"ple*tive\,  n. 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  expletive 
  n  1:  profane  or  obscene  expression  usually  of  surprise  or  anger 
  [syn:  {curse},  {curse  word},  {oath},  {swearing},  {swearword}, 
  {cuss}] 
  2:  a  word  or  phrase  conveying  no  independent  meaning  but  added 
  to  fill  out  a  sentence  or  metrical  line 




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