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agape

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[ uh-geyp, uh-gap ]
/ əˈgeɪp, əˈgæp /
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adverb, adjective
with the mouth wide open, as in wonder, surprise, or eagerness: We stood there agape at the splendor.
wide open: his mouth agape.
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Origin of agape

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First recorded in 1660–70; a-1 + gape

Other definitions for agape (2 of 2)

agape2
[ ah-gah-pey, ah-guh-pey, ag-uh- ]
/ ɑˈgɑ peɪ, ˈɑ gəˌpeɪ, ˈæg ə- /

noun, plural a·ga·pae [ah-gah-pahy, ah-guh-pahy, -pee], /ɑˈgɑ paɪ, ˈɑ gəˌpaɪ, -ˌpi/, a·ga·pai [ah-gah-pahy, ah-guh-pahy] /ɑˈgɑ paɪ, ˈɑ gəˌpaɪ/ for 4.
the love of God or Christ for humankind.
the love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.
unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications; brotherly love.

Origin of agape

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First recorded in 1600–10, agape is from the Greek word agápē ‘love’
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British Dictionary definitions for agape (1 of 2)

agape
/ (əˈɡeɪp) /

adjective (postpositive)
(esp of the mouth) wide open
very surprised, expectant, or eager, esp as indicated by a wide open mouth

Word Origin for agape

C17: a- ² + gape

British Dictionary definitions for agape (2 of 2)

Agape
/ (ˈæɡəpɪ) /

noun Christianity
Christian love, esp as contrasted with erotic love; charity
a communal meal in the early Church taken in commemoration of the Last Supper; love feast

Word Origin for Agape

C17: Greek agapē love
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