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agape

adjective or adverb \ ə-ˈgāp also -ˈgap \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of agape

1 : wide open : gaping
  • with mouth agape
2 : being in a state of wonder
  • stood agape before the gothic cathedral

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Origin and Etymology of agape

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agape

noun aga·pe \ ä-ˈgä-(ˌ)pā , ˈä-gə-ˌpā \

Definition of agape

2 : love 4a

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Origin and Etymology of agape

borrowed from Late Latin agapē, borrowed from Greek agápē "brotherly love," back-formation from agapân "to regard with affection, be fond of, be contented (with)" or agapázein "to welcome warmly," perhaps from a base *aga-pā- "lavish protection, attention or affection (on)," literally, "protect greatly," going back to Indo-European *m̥ǵh2- "large, great" + *peh2- "protect" — more at 1much, 1fur


AGAPE Defined for English Language Learners

agape

adjective

Definition of agape for English Language Learners

  • : having the mouth open because of wonder, surprise, or shock


AGAPE Defined for Kids

agape

adjective \ ə-ˈgāp \

Definition of agape for Students

: having the mouth open in wonder, surprise, or shock
  • He stood there with mouth agape.


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