agapai

agape

2 [ah-gah-pey, ah-guh-pey, ag-uh-]
noun, plural agapae [ah-gah-pahy, ah-guh-pahy, -pee] , agapai [ah-gah-pahy, ah-guh-pahy] , 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:
1600–10; < Greek agápē ‘love’

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agape (əˈɡeɪp)
 
adj
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]

Agape (ˈæɡəpɪ)
 
n
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
 
[C17: Greek agapē love]

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agape
c.1600, from Gk. agapan "greet with affection, love" (used by early Christians for their "love feast" held in connection with the Lord's Supper), from agapan "to love," of unknown origin. In modern use, often in simpler sense of "Christian love" (1856, frequently opposed to eros as "carnal or sensual
love").
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