with the mouth wide open, as in wonder, surprise, or eagerness: We stood there agape at the splendor.
wide open: his mouth agape.
Other definitions for agape (2 of 2)
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.
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How to use agape in a sentence
Yet there I was, about to start a minigame, with my mouth agape.‘Mario Party Superstars’ is a return to form, save for one baffling, painful feature | Jhaan Elker | October 28, 2021 | Washington Post
Butterflies in my stomach, I waited and watched, mouth agape, as scores of fish flew by unscathed.It’s Grizzly-Viewing Season in Katmai National Park | Emily Pennington | June 24, 2021 | Outside Online
A mother’s love is unearned and the truest definition of agape love which exists.
The family provided a photo of Carmelo standing on a small table, his tiny mouth agape, decked out in stylish clothes — a tie-dye shirt, stonewashed jeans and baby Air Jordan sneakers.1-year-old Carmelo Duncan is the latest victim of gun violence in D.C. as homicides hit a 15-year high | Peter Hermann, Clarence Williams | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
It lay there facing us, talons extended and agape, ready to shred any flesh within striking distance.The quest to snare—and save—the world’s largest owl | Jonathan Slaght | August 28, 2020 | Popular-Science
One student can be seen staring with her mouth agape in horror.
Their mouths hang ghoulishly agape and give them the appearance of very convincing horror movie villains.Palermo Has an Underground City Filled With Its Mummified Dead | Nina Strochlic | May 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
By the time every girl came back onstage—marking the close of the show—my mouth was completely agape.Beverly Johnson Asks: Where Are All the Black Models? | Beverly Johnson | September 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And his legacy contains perhaps his most enduring heroism, in this principle of love agape.Martin Luther King’s Dream of Love, 50 Years After ‘I Have a Dream’ | Maurice Emerson Decaul | August 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The acquisition left smart-money mouths agape from Wall Street to Silicon Valley.
Dobson, mouth agape, struck a little bell on the desk and the orderly stepped in from the outer room.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
In her dim, cushioned corner Mollie Gretna lay back against the wall, her face pale and her weak mouth foolishly agape.Dope | Sax Rohmer
Clip stared at him for a moment, with jaws agape, then trundled his motor-cycle forward and lifted it into the rumble.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
Their eyes fixed, their mouths agape, their hands clasped, they listened with increasing avidity to the Gascon adventurer.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
There is no use of secrecy, where all the world is already agape.The Diamond Coterie | Lawrence L. Lynch
British Dictionary definitions for agape (1 of 2)
(esp of the mouth) wide open
very surprised, expectant, or eager, esp as indicated by a wide open mouth
British Dictionary definitions for Agape (2 of 2)
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
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