agape
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) enPR: ə.gāp´, IPA: /əˈɡeɪp/
Adjective

agape

  1. In a state of astonishment, wonder, expectation, or eager attention; as with mouth hanging open.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, London, Book 5, lines 353-357,
      […] in himself was all his state,
      More solemn then the tedious pomp that waits
      On Princes, when thir rich Retinue long
      Of Horses led, and Grooms besmeard with Gold
      Dazles the croud, and sets them all agape.
  2. Wide open.
    • 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter VIII
      With his mouth agape and his hands clenched, Rufus Dawes, incapable of further speech, made a last effort to nod assent, but his head fell upon his breast; the next moment, the flickering light, the gloomy prison, the eager face of the doctor, and the astonished face of Vickers, vanished from before his straining eyes.
    • 2004, Jeffrey C. Carrier, John A. Musick, & Michael R. Heithaus, Biology of Sharks and their Relatives‎, page 171
      If the slightly agape mouth is closed prior to mouth opening, this is termed the preparatory phase and is more common in suction-feeding bony fishes than elasmobranchs.
Synonyms Translations Translations Adverb

agape

  1. In a state of astonishment, wonder, expectation, or eager attention.
  2. Open wide.
    • 1996, Perri O'Shaughnessy, Invasion of Privacy‎, page 508
      The bathroom door stood agape, and the peeling vinyl floor was bare.
    • 2005, Terry Goodkind, Chainfire‎, page 427
      He glanced up into Richard's eyes, his own wide with wonder, his mouth hanging agape.
Translations
  • Russian: ошеломлённо
Translations
  • Russian: откры́то
Pronunciation
  • enPR: ä-gä´pā, IPA: /ɑˈɡɑː.peɪ/
  • enPR: ä´gə-pā', IPA: /ˈɑɡɑːˌpeɪ/
  • enPR: ăg´ə-pē, IPA: /ˈæɡəpiː/
  • enPR: ăg´ə-pā, IPA: /ˈæɡəpeɪ/
Noun

agape

  1. (Christianity) The love of God for mankind, or the benevolent love of Christians for others.
  2. Spiritual, altruistic, beneficial love which wills good for others.
  3. A love feast, especially one held in the early Christian Church in connection with the Eucharist.
Synonyms
  • (God's love; benevolent love) charity
Translations
  • Portuguese: ágape
  • Russian: любо́вь к бли́жнему
Translations


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