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agape in Christian theology, Christian love, especially as distinct from erotic love or simple affection; a communal meal in token of Christian fellowship, as held by early Christians in commemoration of the Last Supper. The word is recorded from the early 17th century, and comes from Greek agapē ‘brotherly love’.

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Agape (Gk.).
1. ‘Love’ (avoiding the sexual associations of erōs), the word used in the New Testament for the love of God or Christ, or of Christians, of a new and different quality.

2. The ‘love feast’ celebrated by early Christians (1 Corinthians 11. 17–34).

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a·gape1 / əˈgāp/ • adj. (of the mouth) wide open, esp. with surprise or wonder: Downes listened, mouth agape with incredulity.

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agape2 early Christian love-feast XVII; Christian love XIX. — Gr. agápē brotherly love, f. agapân. vb. love.

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agape1 gaping. XVII. f. A-1 + GAPE.

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agape •frappé • jaspé •épée, Pepe •Príncipe •coupé, Nupe, toupée •agape • canapé

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