Meaning of swear word in English:

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  • An offensive word, used especially as an expression of anger.

    ‘I talk to myself, and most of those words are swear words.’
    • ‘She said she knows the word is a swear word, but ‘It is all in the context of what - of how it is used and when it is used.’’
    • ‘In sensitive company it is accepted practice to substitute another word for the swear word which has caused the censors to issue the 18 certificate.’
    • ‘Why is it that they think the vowel sound in a swear word is the most offensive?’
    • ‘Unlike similar black lists previously discovered, there seems to be no problem with swear words and words relating to sex.’
    • ‘Carlyle was forthright, to say the least, in questioning Cosgrove's view, using the same swear word at an impressive rate of one time every 15 words.’
    • ‘These words or phrases have become swear words in certain mouths.’
    • ‘I do not think that anybody could really recall with such detail word for word on an alleged exchange of swear words.’
    • ‘It was an advert for a device that replaces swear words as spoken on television with cleaner, Godlier words.’
    • ‘The bus driver shouted out loudly and nearly said a swear word before covering it up with another nicer word.’
    • ‘The boys are at a stage where they probably know most of the swear words available to speakers of English, and seem to know not to repeat them inappropriately.’
    • ‘Since these words are rooted in clear-cut concepts, they carry less variable meaning than sentences without swear words.’
    • ‘It has recently come to my attention via the readers' opinion pages of this fine magazine that some folks don't find swear words funny.’
    • ‘English and Russian swear words flew in the air like sparrows.’
    • ‘It's a shame really that Korean doesn't have a lot of swear words.’
    • ‘There's only us and a few other people eating lunch in this big bar and I fear for their appetite as he spouts swear words, smoke and grisly tales of true crime.’
    • ‘They are expected to perform tracks from the album such as, well, we would like to name them but unfortunately they all seem to have swear words in the title!’
    expletive, obscenity, oath, curse, imprecation, epithet, dirty word, four-letter word
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