agape


agape

< /ɑˈgɑ paɪ, ˈɑ gəˌpaɪ/ for 4.

  1. the love of God or Christ for humankind.
  2. the love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.
  3. unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications; brotherly love.
  4. love feast(defs 1, 2).

adjective (postpositive)

  1. (esp of the mouth) wide open
  2. very surprised, expectant, or eager, esp as indicated by a wide open mouth

noun Christianity

  1. Christian love, esp as contrasted with erotic love; charity
  2. a communal meal in the early Church taken in commemoration of the Last Supper; love feast
n.

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”).

adv.

1660s, from a- (1) + gape (v.).

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