Idioms

Origin of love

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English lufu, cognate with Old Frisian luve, Old High German luba, Gothic lubō; (v.) Middle English lov(i)en, Old English lufian; cognate with Old Frisian luvia, Old High German lubōn to love, Latin lubēre (later libēre) to be pleasing; akin to lief

SYNONYMS FOR love

1, 2 Love, affection, devotion all mean a deep and enduring emotional regard, usually for another person. Love may apply to various kinds of regard: the charity of the Creator, reverent adoration toward God or toward a person, the relation of parent and child, the regard of friends for each other, romantic feelings for another person, etc. Affection is a fondness for others that is enduring and tender, but calm. Devotion is an intense love and steadfast, enduring loyalty to a person; it may also imply consecration to a cause.
2 liking, inclination, regard, friendliness.
15 like.
16 adore, adulate, worship.

ANTONYMS FOR love

1, 2 hatred, dislike.
15, 16 detest, hate.

Related forms

out·love, verb (used with object), out·loved, out·lov·ing.o·ver·love, verb, o·ver·loved, o·ver·lov·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for for the love of

love

/ (lʌv) /

verb

noun

Related forms

Related adjective: amatory

Word Origin for love

Old English lufu; related to Old High German luba; compare also Latin libēre (originally lubēre) to please
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Idioms and Phrases with for the love of (1 of 2)

for the love of


1

For the sake of, in consideration of. For example, She signed up for all these volunteer jobs for the love of praise. [c. 1200]

2

for the love of Pete or Mike or God. An exclamation of surprise, exasperation, or some similar feeling, as in For the love of Pete, give me the money! James Joyce used this idiom in Ulysses (1922): “For the love of Mike listen to him.” Pete and Mike are euphemisms for God. [Early 1900s] Also see for the sake of, def. 3.

Idioms and Phrases with for the love of (2 of 2)

love


In addition to the idioms beginning with love

  • love affair
  • love at first sight

also see:

  • all's fair in love and war
  • course of true love
  • fall in love
  • for the love of
  • labor of love
  • make love
  • misery loves company
  • no love lost
  • not for love or money
  • puppy love
  • somebody up there loves me
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