agape

If you’re watching a powerful display of nature such as an avalanche, you might stare at it with your mouth agape, which means your mouth would be wide open in awe. You should close it, before it is full of snow.

Agape, you may have already figured out, comes from the verb gape, meaning "to open wide or split." This is what happens to your mouth when you are looking agape at something in amazement. Don’t confuse mouth-wide-open agape with the other agape, which is spelled the same but pronounced differently and refers to Christian love.

Definitions of agape
  1. adjective
    with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe
    “we stood there agape with wonder”
    “with mouth agape
    synonyms: gaping
    open, opened
    used of mouth or eyes
  2. noun
    selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)
    synonyms: agape love
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    type of:
    love
    a strong positive emotion of regard and affection
  3. noun
    (Christian theology) the love of God or Christ for mankind
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    type of:
    love
    a strong positive emotion of regard and affection
  4. noun
    a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship
    synonyms: love feast
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    type of:
    religious ceremony, religious ritual
    a ceremony having religious meaning
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