Adjective "agape" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person's mouth) wide open in surprise or wonder.
  1. 'In a sudden burst she sat down and gazed at the teacher whose mouth was now agape with shock.'
  2. 'The cast members in the wings looked on with mouths agape, but the two on the stage didn't notice, caught up in the sadness and regret an impossible love could provoke.'
  3. 'So you've got to get an enormous charge out of watching the audience with their mouths agape.'
  4. 'Some just stood there, their mouths agape, stunned by what the old woman had just said.'
  5. 'Then the herd picked up and moved on, leaving us bundled up against the cold, our mouths agape, wondering if what we witnessed was real or some sort of illusion in the arctic fog.'
  6. 'With my mouth agape I shook her hand, dumbfounded.'
  7. 'The onlookers are painted in muddy greens and browns, facial features exaggerated into primitive masks, mouths agape or obliterated altogether.'
  8. 'At his slightly overwhelmed expression and agape jaw, she snorted bitterly.'
  9. 'It may be brilliant political jujitsu - conceding the opposition's most damning point leaves them with mouths agape and little to say - or it may be nuts.'
  10. 'The startled crew around us, unaccustomed to hearing a sociopolitical argument in the disco at 1 A.M., looked on with mouths agape.'


Christian love, as distinct from erotic love or simple affection.
  1. 'Whereas among the Greeks the primary virtues were practical wisdom, self-restraint, justice and courage, for Paul the primary virtue was agape.'
  2. 'Thus at least some form of agape is possible independent of Christian faith and hope.'
  3. 'Lewis Ayres says that the distinction between eros and agape does not work for Augustine.'
  4. 'Jesus' new commandment is that his followers practice love, agape.'
  5. 'If we work in this way, we offer the possibility that our research will include our own formation of agape, or love for the ‘other.’'
  6. 'But agape is love without any thought of reward or benefit.'
  7. 'Desire is frightening to Christians who are used to saying that only agape - unconditional, self-emptying love - is truly Christian.'
  8. 'The ancient Greeks made the distinction between eros and agape.'
  9. 'Too many craved spiritual gifts and wanted to use them without having agape as their end or aim.'
  10. 'Grant's book is a highly nuanced examination of much of the literature on altruism and agape, while also giving some attention to recent considerations of eros and philia.'
  11. 'It is an agape feast in the sense that God's love is shared, not only among the participants but also with those who eat and drink and those who are hungry in the world.'
  12. 'The agape did not take the place of an ordinary meal as do the modern church suppers at which people eat to satisfy hunger.'


1. with the mouth wide open, as in wonder, surprise, or eagerness: We stood there agape at the splendor.

2. wide open: his mouth agape.

More examples(as adjective)

"places can be agape in pantheons."

"places can be agape."

"believers can be agape."


(agape)Early 17th century: from Greek agapē ‘brotherly love’.