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a·gape 1

 (ə-gāp′, ə-găp′)
adv. & adj.
1. In a state of wonder or amazement, as with the mouth wide open.
2. Wide open.

a·ga·pe 2

(ä-gä′pā, ä′gə-pā′)
1. Christianity
a. Love as revealed in Jesus, seen as spiritual and selfless and a model for humanity.
b. In the early Christian Church and some modern churches, the love feast accompanied by Eucharistic celebration.
2. Love that is spiritual, not sexual, in its nature.

[Greek agapē, love (particularly non-sexual love), back-formation from agapān, to greet with affection, show affection, from earlier *aga-pā-ye-, to provide great protection (such as due to a guest from a host), denominative verb from *aga-pā-, providing great protection : *aga-, great, from *m̥ga-, compositional variant of Greek mega-, great; see mega- + *pā-, to protect; see pā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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adj (postpositive)
1. (esp of the mouth) wide open
2. very surprised, expectant, or eager, esp as indicated by a wide open mouth
[C17: a-2 + gape]


1. (Theology) Christian love, esp as contrasted with erotic love; charity
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a communal meal in the early Church taken in commemoration of the Last Supper; love feast
[C17: Greek agapē love]
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(əˈgeɪp, əˈgæp)

adv., adj.
1. with the mouth wide open, as in wonder.
2. wide open: his mouth agape.


(ɑˈgɑ peɪ, ˈɑ gəˌpeɪ, ˈæg ə-)

n., pl. -pae (-paɪ, -ˌpaɪ, -ˌpi)
1. nonerotic love, as of God for humankind or of humankind for God.
[1600–10; < Greek agápē love]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.agape - (Christian theology) the love of God or Christ for mankind
Christian theology - the teachings of Christian churches
love - a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; "his love for his work"; "children need a lot of love"
2.agape - selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)agape - selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)
love - a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; "his love for his work"; "children need a lot of love"
3.agape - a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowshipagape - a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship
religious ceremony, religious ritual - a ceremony having religious meaning
Adj.1.agape - with the mouth wide open as in wonder or aweagape - with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe; "the gaping audience"; "we stood there agape with wonder"; "with mouth agape"
opened, open - used of mouth or eyes; "keep your eyes open"; "his mouth slightly opened"
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1. wide open, wide, yawning, gaping She stood looking at me, her mouth agape.
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[əˈgeɪp] ADJ & ADVboquiabierto
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[əˈgeɪp] adj
with her mouth agape → bouche bée
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adj pred personmit (vor Staunen) offenem Mund, bass erstaunt (geh)
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[əˈgeɪp] adj (person, surprised) → a bocca aperta; (mouth) → spalancato/a
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References in classic literature ?
With throats unslaked, with black lips baked, Agape they heard me call: Gramercy!
Behind him again scrambled another creature, and of all the horrid horde it was this they most feared--Sheeta, the panther, with gleaming jaws agape and fiery eyes blazing at them in the mightiness of his hate and of his blood lust.
Here do I sit now, The desert nigh, and yet I am So far still from the desert, Even in naught yet deserted: That is, I'm swallowed down By this the smallest oasis--: --It opened up just yawning, Its loveliest mouth agape, Most sweet-odoured of all mouthlets: Then fell I right in, Right down, right through--in 'mong you, Ye friendly damsels dearly loved!
As I stood agape, I saw a little red spark go drifting across a gap of starlight between the branches, and vanish.
Ofttimes have we wandered agape among thy enchanted palaces, Porthos and I, David and I, David and Porthos and I.
How shall all this help her when she has castle of her own to keep, with a hundred mouths all agape for beef and beer?"
Don Quixote was thunderstruck, Sancho astounded, the cousin staggered, the page astonished, the man from the braying town agape, the landlord in perplexity, and, in short, everyone amazed at the words of the puppet-showman, who went on to say, "And thou, worthy Sancho Panza, the best squire and squire to the best knight in the world!
Almost barefooted, and clad only in a shirt, he was standing agape to listen to the music--a pitiful childish figure.
Possum sat on the seat between them, his rosy mouth agape with excitement.
When the nostril shall be distended, the mouth agape, the eyes fixed and bloodshot; and when the proud and noble knight may be trodden on by the lowest caitiff of this accursed castle, yet stir not when the heel is lifted up against him!
Arthur a Bland was worse off than any, for his mouth was open, agape with wonder of what was to come, so that a great cloud of flour flew down his throat, setting him a-coughing till he could scarcely stand.