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love feast

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noun
  1. (among the early Christians) a meal eaten in token of brotherly love and charity; agape.
  2. a rite in imitation of this, practiced by a number of modern denominations; a fellowship meal.
  3. a banquet or gathering of persons to promote good feeling, restore friendly relations, honor a special guest, etc.
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Origin of love feast

First recorded in 1570–80
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Examples from the Web for love feast

Historical Examples

  • Upon the sound ocean of "wind" the "Take, eat," or "Love-feast" motive floats.

    Parsifal

    H. R. Haweis

  • When it came to the turn of Thebes there was a break in this love-feast.

  • There was to be preaching at Welty's that day, and a love-feast in the evening.

    Charlie Newcomer

    Wilbur B. Stover

  • "It will be a sort of love-feast to Captain Maynard," she said, roguishly.

  • This Anglo-French love-feast must be wafted to the heavens in a halo of dynamite.


British Dictionary definitions for love feast

love feast

noun
  1. Also called: agape (among the early Christians) a religious meal eaten with others as a sign of mutual love and fellowship
  2. a ritual meal modelled upon this
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