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agape

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adjective or adverb \ə-ˈgāp also -ˈgap\

Definition of agape

  1. 1 :  wide open :  gaping with mouth agape

  2. 2 :  being in a state of wonder stood agape before the gothic cathedral

First Known Use of agape

1667

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agape

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noun aga·pe \ä-ˈgä-(ˌ)pā, ˈä-gə-ˌpā\

Definition of agape

  1. 1 :  love feast

  2. 2 :  love 4a

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Origin and Etymology of agape

Late Latin, from Greek agapē, literally, love


AGAPE Defined for English Language Learners

agape

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adjective

Definition of agape for English Language Learners

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


AGAPE Defined for Kids

agape

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adjective \ə-ˈgāp\

Definition of agape for Students

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



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