- explementary angle,
Origin of expletive
Examples from the Web for expletive
So be careful what you say and what you do, because the Kinect, for better and worse, really is [expletive] watching you.
Now, it seems, Hamas is being struck from the list of expletive targets.
In fact, for many conservatives, it seems to be an expletive.The GOP Sounds Un-Christian in Condemning Obama’s Quran-Burning Apology|Kirsten Powers|February 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But it is time to move forward while remembering that what we did do is a “Big [Expletive] Deal.”
It was he who spoke first, and it is possible that he did not quite intend to use the expletive which broke from him.The Shuttle|Frances Hodgson Burnett
With a Romany expletive, he flung back the curtain of the tent and passed out into the night.The World For Sale, Complete|Gilbert Parker
The scorn of the expletive drew from the very depths of furious contempt.Laramie Holds the Range|Frank H. Spearman
And he added a Valencian expletive more vehement than choice.Froth|Armando Palacio Valds
She breathed the expletive she learned from her latest companions.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
adjective Also: expletory (ɪkˈspliːtərɪ)
Word Origin for expletive
1610s, originally "a word or phrase serving to fill out a sentence or metrical line," from Middle French explétif (15c.) and directly from Late Latin expletivus "serving to fill out," from explet-, past participle stem of Latin explere "fill out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + plere "to fill" (see pleio-).
Sense of "exclamation," often in the form of a cuss word, first recorded 1815 in Sir Walter Scott, popularized by edited transcripts of Watergate tapes (mid-1970s), in which expletive deleted replaced President Nixon's salty expressions. As an adjective, from 1660s.
mid-15c., from Latin expletivus (see expletive (n.)).
Any exclamation or oath, especially one that is obscene or profane, as in “Dammit, I forgot to buy the milk.”