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[ah-gah-pey, ah-guh-pey, ag-uh-] /ɑˈgɑ peɪ, ˈɑ gəˌpeɪ, ˈæg ə-/
noun, plural agapae
[ah-gah-pahy, ah-guh-pahy, -pee] /ɑˈgɑ paɪ, ˈɑ gəˌpaɪ, -ˌpi/ (Show IPA),
agapai
[ah-gah-pahy, ah-guh-pahy] /ɑˈgɑ paɪ, ˈɑ gəˌpaɪ/ (Show IPA),
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).
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Greek agápē ‘love’
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British Dictionary definitions for agapai

agape

/əˈɡeɪp/
adjective (postpositive)
1.
(esp of the mouth) wide open
2.
very surprised, expectant, or eager, esp as indicated by a wide open mouth
Word Origin
C17: a-² + gape

Agape

/ˈæɡəpɪ/
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
Word Origin
C17: Greek agapē love
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Word Origin and History for agapai

agape

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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