Definition of Agape

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

Category relationships: Christian Theology
Generic synonyms: Love

2. Adjective. With the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe. "With mouth agape"
Exact synonyms: Gaping
Similar to: Open, Opened

3. Noun. Selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature).
Exact synonyms: Agape Love
Generic synonyms: Love

4. Noun. A religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship.
Exact synonyms: Love Feast
Generic synonyms: Religious Ceremony, Religious Ritual

Definition of Agape

1. adv. & a. Gaping, as with wonder, expectation, or eager attention.

2. n. The love feast of the primitive Christians, being a meal partaken of in connection with the communion.

Definition of Agape

1. Adjective. Being in a state of astonishment, wonder, expectation, or eager attention; as with mouth hanging open. ¹

2. Adjective. open wide. ¹

3. Adverb. In a state of astonishment, wonder, expectation, or eager attention. ¹

4. Adverb. open wide. ¹

5. Noun. (Christianity) the love of God for mankind, or the benevolent love of Christians for others. ¹

6. Noun. spiritual, altruistic, beneficial love which wills good for others. ¹

7. Noun. a love feast, especially one held in the early Christian Church in connection with the eucharist. ¹

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Definition of Agape

1. a communal meal of fellowship [n -PES or -PAE or -PAI] : AGAPEIC [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Agape

agape (current term)
agar-gel reaction
agaric acid

Literary usage of Agape

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Christian Platonists of Alexandria: Eight Lectures Preached Before the by Charles Bigg (1886)
"10, ' eucharistia vere coena communis nondum separata ab agape. ... 22, it appears that the agape lingered on in the churches of Upper Egypt longer than ..."

2. Monuments of the Early Church by Walter Lowrie (1906)
"THE agape But to return again to the cemeteries of an earlier age, before the Peace of the Church. The cemeterial gardens contained not only buildings ..."

3. The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints by Alban Butler (1866)
"I send to your highness six Christian women, with a man, who have refused to eat meats sacrificed to the gods.—. They are called agape, ..."

4. The Ancient Catholic Church: From the Accession of Trajan to the Fourth by Robert Rainy (1902)
"The agape or love-feast was a custom of apostolic times, and the celebration ... The agape, in one form or other, continued to be observed for a long time; ..."

5. The Critical Review of Theological & Philosophical Literature by Stewart Dingwall Fordyce Salmond (1902)
"Thus the diverse ritual, so to speak, of the agape, viewed as a Christian institution, may be explained, eg, at Corinth (as in 1 Cor. xi. ..."

6. Church History by Johann Heinrich Kurtz (1889)
"Owing to the original connection of the Supper with the agape it became customary to ... The agape.—That in consequence of the imperial edict against secret ..."

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