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Definitions for AGAPE
ɑˈgɑ peɪ, ˈɑ gəˌpeɪ, ˈæg ə-; -paɪ, -ˌpaɪ, -ˌpiAGAPE

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agapenoun

    (Christian theology) the love of God or Christ for mankind

  2. agape, agape lovenoun

    selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)

  3. agape, love feastadjective

    a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship

  4. agape(p), gapingadjective

    with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe

    "the gaping audience"; "we stood there agape with wonder"; "with mouth agape"


  1. agapenoun

    the love of God for mankind, or the benevolent love of Christians for others.

  2. agapenoun

    spiritual, altruistic, beneficial love which wills good for others.

  3. agape

    a love feast, especially one held in the early Christian Church in connection with the eucharist.

  4. agapeadverb

    In a state of astonishment, wonder, expectation, or eager attention.

  5. agapeadverb

    open wide.

  6. agapeadjective

    Being in a state of astonishment, wonder, expectation, or eager attention; as with mouth hanging open.

  7. agapeadjective

    open wide.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agape

    gaping, as with wonder, expectation, or eager attention

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + gape.]

  2. Agapenoun

    the love feast of the primitive Christians, being a meal partaken of in connection with the communion

    Etymology: [Pref. a- + gape.]


  1. Agape

    Agape is one of the Koine Greek words translated into English as love, one which became particularly appropriated in Christian theology as the love of God or Christ for humankind. In the New Testament, it refers to the covenant love of God for humans, as well as the human reciprocal love for God; the term necessarily extends to the love of one’s fellow man. Many have thought that this word represents divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, volitional, and thoughtful love. Although the word does not have specific religious connotation, the word has been used by a variety of contemporary and ancient sources, including biblical authors and Christian authors. Greek philosophers at the time of Plato and other ancient authors have used forms of the word to denote love of a spouse or family, or affection for a particular activity, in contrast to philia and eros, an affection of a sexual nature. Thomas Jay Oord has defined agape as "an intentional response to promote well-being when responding to that which has generated ill-being."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Agape

    ag′a-pē, n. a love-feast, held by the early Christians at communion time, when contributions were made for the poor:—pl. Ag′apæ.—n. Agapem′onē (Gr., 'love abode'), a community of religious visionaries with unedifying ideas about the sexual relations, founded in 1859 at Charlinch, near Bridgwater, by one H. J. Prince, formerly an Anglican clergyman. [Gr. agapē, love.]

  2. Agape

    a-gāp′, adj. or adv. gaping from wonder, expectation, or attention. [Lit., 'on gape.']

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of AGAPE in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of AGAPE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of AGAPE in a Sentence

  1. Richard Paul Evans:

    I am not a believer in love at first sight. For love, in its truest form, is not the thing of starry-eyed or star-crossed lovers, it is far more organic, requiring nurturing and time to fully bloom, and, as such, seen best not in its callow youth but in its wrinkled maturity. Like all living things, love, too, struggles against hardship, and in the process sheds its fatuous skin to expose one composed of more than just a storm of emotion–one of loyalty and divine friendship. Agape. And though it may be temporarily blinded by adversity, it never gives in or up, holding tight to lofty ideals that transcend this earth and time–while its counterfeit simply concludes it was mistaken and quickly runs off to find the next real thing.” ― Richard Paul Evans

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