adjective or adverb
\ ə-ˈgāp How to pronounce agape (audio) also -ˈgap \

Definition of agape

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


aga·​pe | \ ä-ˈgä-(ˌ)pā How to pronounce agape (audio) , ˈä-gə-ˌpā How to pronounce agape (audio) \

Definition of agape (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of agape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb Her mouth was agape, her jaw helplessly, horrifically slack. Ew Staff,, 12 May 2021 Tracey stood stock still for a second, her mouth agape. Longreads, 9 Apr. 2021 In the video, Silva appears oblivious to the request and continues to pace the length of the cell and stare out of its hallway-facing window, his mouth agape. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2021 These developments have left many in the conventional art world agape. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 22 Mar. 2021 Jane, the original No. 1 stunner: plush lips slightly agape to reveal perfectly imperfect teeth, domino-thin and smoke in her marble blue irises, the prototype that Kate Moss ran with. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 Other videos showed dogs, mouths agape, jumping, sniffing and pawing through untouched snow. NBC News, 1 Feb. 2021 Early this month, millions of pounds of oysters in leases that line Plaquemines Parish's west bank -- creatures that had been healthy and alive the week before -- were found dead, their mouths agape. Halle Parker | Staff Writer,, 31 Jan. 2021 The rental car bounced awkwardly through deep South Dakota ruts, and Jeff Budz paused, mouth agape, while considering his response. Brian Lovett, Outdoor Life, 26 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of agape

Adjective or adverb

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for agape

Adjective or adverb

a- entry 1 + gape entry 1


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 much entry 1, fur entry 1

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“Agape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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Kids Definition of agape

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

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