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.

Primary Meanings of agape

1.
adj
with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe
2.
n
selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)
Full Definitions of agape
1

adj 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

n selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)

Synonyms:
agape love
Type of:
love
a strong positive emotion of regard and affection

n (Christian theology) the love of God or Christ for mankind

Type of:
love
a strong positive emotion of regard and affection

n a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship

Synonyms:
love feast
Type of:
religious ceremony, religious ritual
a ceremony having religious meaning

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