Expletory Ex"ple*to*ry, a. Serving to fill up; expletive; superfluous; as, an expletory word. --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

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  • expletory — adjective Date: 1672 expletive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • expletory — ex·ple·to·ry (ĕkʹsplĭ tôr ē, tōr ē) adj. Expletive. * * * …   Universalium

  • expletory — ex·ple·to·ry …   English syllables

  • expletory — ˈekspləˌtōrē; ekˈsplēd.ərē, ikˈs adjective Etymology: Latin expletus + English ory : expletive …   Useful english dictionary

  • expletive — expletively, adv. /ek spli tiv/, n. 1. an interjectory word or expression, frequently profane; an exclamatory oath. 2. a syllable, word, or phrase serving to fill out. 3. Gram. a word considered as regularly filling the syntactic position of… …   Universalium

  • expletive — 1. adjective a) Serving to fill up, merely for effect, otherwise redundant b) Marked by expletives (phrase fillers) Syn: expletory 2. noun a) A word without …   Wiktionary

  • expletive — /əkˈsplitɪv / (say uhk spleetiv), /ɛk / (say ek ) adjective Also, expletory. 1. added merely to fill out a sentence or line, give emphasis, etc. –noun 2. an expletive syllable, word, or phrase. 3. an interjectory word or expression, frequently… …   Australian English dictionary

  • expletive —   a.,n. (word) added to expand or fill up; swear word.    ♦ expletory, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • expletive — [eks′plətôr΄ēeks′plə tiv] n. [LL expletivus, serving to fill < L expletus, pp. of explere, to fill < ex , out, up + plere, to fill: see FULL1] 1. an oath or exclamation, esp. an obscenity 2. a word, phrase, etc. not needed for the sense but …   English World dictionary

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