Definition of agape
1 : wide open : gaping with mouth agape
2 : being in a state of wonder stood agape before the gothic cathedral
First Known Use of agape
Recent Examples of agape from the Web
His son, 7, lay on a bed receiving treatment, his mouth agape and his eyes half-shut.
To alter that arrangement, the hippies hope to generate an entirely new society, one rich in spiritual grace that will revive the old virtues of agape and reverence.
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Origin and Etymology of agape
Late Latin, from Greek agapē, literally, love
First Known Use: 1536See Words from the same year
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Definition of agape for English Language Learners
: having the mouth open because of wonder, surprise, or shock
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Definition of agape for Students
: having the mouth open in wonder, surprise, or shock He stood there with mouth agape.
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