- with the mouth wide open, as in wonder, surprise, or eagerness: We stood there agape at the splendor.
- wide open: his mouth agape.
Origin of agape1
- 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.
- love feast(defs 1, 2).
Origin of agape2
Examples from the Web for agape
Every eye was on her, and in the wide circle around every mouth was agape.The Scapegoat
Around this tomb we shall hold the 'Agape' upon the anniversary of his birthday.The Martyr of the Catacombs
The poor man stared at me in silence, agape with perplexity.Overdue
She led the way as she spoke, and the country people followed her, all agape.The Beth Book
Then he went his way, leaving Wellington red, agape and perplexed.Excuse Me!
- (esp of the mouth) wide open
- very surprised, expectant, or eager, esp as indicated by a wide open mouth
- 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 and History for agape
c.1600, from Greek agape "brotherly love, charity," from agapan "greet with affection, love," of unknown origin. Agape was used by early Christians for their "love feast" held in connection with the Lord's Supper. In modern use, often in simpler sense of "Christian love" (1856, frequently opposed to eros as "carnal or sensual love").