with the mouth wide open, as in wonder, surprise, or eagerness:
We stood there agape at the splendor.
his mouth agape.
the love of God or Christ for humankind.
the love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.
unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications; brotherly love.
(defs 1, 2).
Toby’s face was agape with smiles when he came back, and they both laughed for a full minute behind a laurel-bush.
Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
Around this tomb we shall hold the ‘agape’ upon the anniversary of his birthday.
The Martyr of the Catacombs Anonymous
They stand confounded and agape before the universal competence of this wonder genius.
The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 5 (of 6) Hippolyte A. Taine
The poor man stared at me in silence, agape with perplexity.
Overdue Harry Collingwood
With this object I have translated a characteristic passage from the tale of agape.
Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama Walter W. Greg
Every eye was on her, and in the wide circle around every mouth was agape.
The Scapegoat Hall Caine
Eli stood by agape, without a sign of sympathy for her, or an emotion of any kind, any more than if he had been a fence post.
Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
Then he went his way, leaving Wellington red, agape and perplexed.
Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
Some of the vessels we have described were doubtless employed also in the celebration of the agape.
The Catacombs of Rome William Henry Withrow
He looked at me all agape, as if he had been half strangled.
Tom Cringle’s Log Michael Scott
(esp of the mouth) wide open
very surprised, expectant, or eager, esp as indicated by a wide open mouth
Christian love, esp as contrasted with erotic love; charity
a communal meal in the early Church taken in commemoration of the Last Supper; love feast
c.1600, from Greek agape “brotherly love, charity,” from agapan “greet with affection, love,” of unknown origin. Agape was used by early Christians for their “love feast” held in connection with the Lord’s Supper. In modern use, often in simpler sense of “Christian love” (1856, frequently opposed to eros as “carnal or sensual love”).
1660s, from a- (1) + gape (v.).
the love of God or Christ for humankind. the love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind. unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications; brotherly love. (defs 1, 2). adjective (postpositive) (esp of the mouth) wide open very surprised, expectant, or eager, esp as indicated by […]
any of several plants of the genus Agapanthus, of the amaryllis family, native to Africa, having sword-shaped leaves and umbels of blue or white flowers. Historical Examples The agapanthus, being a heavy feeder, should be grown in strong loam to which is added well rotted manure and a little sand. The Practical Garden-Book C. E. […]
- Agapetus i
Saint, died a.d. 536, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 535–536.
- Agapetus ii
died a.d. 955, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 946–955.