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[uh-geyp, uh-gap] /əˈgeɪp, əˈgæp/
adverb, adjective
with the mouth wide open, as in wonder, surprise, or eagerness:
We stood there agape at the splendor.
wide open:
his mouth agape.
Origin of agape1
1660-70; a-1 + gape


[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),
[ah-gah-pahy, ah-guh-pahy] /ɑˈgɑ paɪ, ˈɑ gəˌpaɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 4.
the love of God or Christ for humankind.
the love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.
unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications; brotherly love.
love feast (defs 1, 2).
1600-10; < Greek agápē ‘love’ Unabridged
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Examples from the web for agape
  • With mouth agape, eyes wild, Cobb went lumbering through the clearing.
  • They divide the agape kind of love from the philia kind of love.
  • James stood with his mouth agape, his head tilted back, staring at the shooting water.
  • Parker stood rooted to his spot, his mouth slightly agape, with indecision written all over his face.
  • Leaving the audience's jaws agape, he dashed backstage to catch the final moments of the Lakers game.
  • My mouth was agape as I read this story.
  • Believing that no one is beyond redemption, agape aims to create community.
  • After he stared at me with his mouth agape for a few minutes, I figured out the dual meaning.
  • It haunted the Tasmanian forests, jaw semipermanently agape at 120 degrees, ready to rip out the throats of wallabies and sheep.
  • The whole fish is robed in cornmeal batter, fried and served upright and slightly curled, its mouth agape.
British Dictionary definitions for agape


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


noun (Christianity)
Christian love, esp as contrasted with erotic love; charity
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 agape

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").


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

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