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love feast

(among the early Christians) a meal eaten in token of brotherly love and charity; agape.
a rite in imitation of this, practiced by a number of modern denominations; a fellowship meal.
a banquet or gathering of persons to promote good feeling, restore friendly relations, honor a special guest, etc.
Origin of love feast
1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Oh, if all the three kingdoms had part of my love-feast, and of the comfort of a dawted prisoner!

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • Upon the sound ocean of "wind" the "Take, eat," or "love-feast" motive floats.

    Parsifal H. R. Haweis
  • The dining-room is both an arena in which talkers fight with words upon a field of white damask, and a love-feast of discussion.

    Conversation Mary Greer Conklin
  • When it came to the turn of Thebes there was a break in this love-feast.

  • There was a Methodist quarterly meeting here, and a love-feast.

  • There was to be preaching at Welty's that day, and a love-feast in the evening.

    Charlie Newcomer Wilbur B. Stover
  • Representations undoubtedly exist which illustrate the agape or love-feast of the primitive Church.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • "It will be a sort of love-feast to Captain Maynard," she said, roguishly.

  • At the Nestleton love-feast there was a full gathering of members, not only from the village, but the region round about.

    Nestleton Magna J. Jackson Wray
  • The other called it “the love-feast of Voltaire and the Vatican.”

British Dictionary definitions for love-feast

love feast

Also called agape. (among the early Christians) a religious meal eaten with others as a sign of mutual love and fellowship
a ritual meal modelled upon this
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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