profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger;
"expletives were deleted"
a word or phrase conveying no independent meaning but added to fill out a sentence or metrical line
- It is a "damned human race" in a not merely expletive sense.
- Every other word was an expletive.
- He uttered several vigorous expletives when he dropped the iron on his foot.
- expletive deleted 秽语删除
Tony let fly a stream of expletives.出自： A. Guinness