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agape (religious ceremony)

Definition:

a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

agapes

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

love feast

Etymology:

[noun] from Greek agape "brotherly love, charity", from ... | [adverb] from "a-"...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of agape...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Agape feast | Agape | Love feast

used of certain religious meals among early Christians that seem to have been originally closely related to the Eucharist. In modern times it's used to refer to a Christian ritual meal distinct from the Eucharist. References to such communal meals are ... (41 of 2461 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Agape feast

Love feast (disambiguation)

may refer to: Agape feast, an early Christian ritual meal Lovefeast, a related ritual meal tradition within Christian sects, including Moravians and Church of the Brethren | Das Liebesmahl der Apostel (Love-feast of the Apostles), 1843 work by Richard ... (38 of 106 words, 6 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Love feast (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

love feast | agape [synonym, sense-specific]

(among the early Christians) a religious meal eaten with others as a sign of mutual love and fellowship | a ritual meal modelled upon this (24 of 234 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/love-feast

Random House Dictionary:

love feast

(among the early Christians) a meal eaten in token of brotherly love and charity; agape. | a rite in imitation of this, practiced by a number of ... (26 of 54 words, 3 definitions)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/love-feast

Oxford Dictionary:

love feast

Syllabification: (love feast) | [historical] | a feast in token of fellowship among early Christians; an agape. | a religious service or gathering ... (20 of 47 words, 4 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/love-feast

love feast [historical]

a feast in token of fellowship among early Christians; an agape. | a religious service or gathering imitating a love feast, especially among early ... (23 of 45 words, 2 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/love-feast

Merriam-Webster:

love feast

a meal eaten in common by a Christian congregation in token of brotherly love | a gathering held to promote reconciliation and good feeling or show ... (25 of 44 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/love feast

American Heritage Dictionary:

love feast

A meal shared among early Christians as a symbol of love. | A similar symbolic meal among certain modern Christian sects. | A gathering intended to ... (24 of 32 words, 3 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/love-feast

New World Dictionary:

love feast

among the early Christians, a meal eaten together as a symbol of brotherhood ; a modern gathering imitating this | [United States] any gathering ... (23 of 28 words, 2 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/love-feast

Wiktionary:

love feast | love feasts [plural]

a symbolic meal eaten to celebrate brotherly love, particularly one practiced by early Christians celebrating agape. | a banquet or gathering to promote goodwill among the participants. (26 of 27 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/love feast

Britannica Encyclopedia:

agape [Christian feast] | agapē [Greek]

in the New Testament, the fatherly love of God for humans, as well as the human reciprocal love for God. The term necessarily extends to the love of ... (28 of 135 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/662884​/agape

Macmillan British Dictionary:

agape [never before noun]

a mouth that is agape is wide open, usually in surprise (11 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/agape

Cambridge Dictionary:

agape

with the mouth open, especially showing surprise or shock (9 of 19 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agape

Encarta Dictionary:

love feast | love feasts [plural]

a meal held with the intention of stimulating goodwill | a symbolic meal shared among Christians as a symbol of love and charity (22 of 38 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861700766​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

agape

First use: about 1600 | 1660s

Origin: [noun] from Greek agape "brotherly love, charity", from ... | [adverb] from "a-" (1) + "gape" (verb). (19 of 62 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=agape

New World Dictionary:

agape

Origin: "a-" + "gape" | ecclesiastical Late Latin from Late Greek agapē from Greek agapan, to greet with affection, love

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agape

Collins Dictionary:

agape | Agape

First use: 17th century

Origin: a-2 + gape | Greek agapē love

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/agape

Wiktionary:

agape | agapae [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek ἀγάπη (agapē).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/agape

American Heritage Dictionary:

agape

Origin: Greek agapē, love.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agape

Merriam-Webster:

agape [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1607

Origin: Late Latin, from Greek agapē, literally, love

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/agape

Oxford Dictionary:

agape [entry 1]

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: "a-2" "on" + "gape"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/agape

agape [entry 2]

First use: early 17th century

Origin: Greek agapē "selfless love"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/agape--2

agape [entry 2, theology]

First use: early 17th century

Origin: Greek agapē "brotherly love"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/agape--2

a- [entry 2]

Origin: Old English, unstressed form of "on"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/a----2

gape | the gapes

Origin: Middle English: from Old Norse gapa; related to "gap"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gape

Encarta Dictionary:

agape [entry 1]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: a-1

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861668826​/definition​.html  [offline]

agape [entry 2]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Greek agapē "brotherly love"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861668827​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

agape | agapae [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "agape"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/agape

Collins Dictionary:

agape | Agape

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "agape"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Agape"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/agape

Macmillan British Dictionary:

agape [never before noun]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "agape"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/agape

Macmillan American Dictionary:

agape [never before noun]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "agape"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/agape

Cambridge Dictionary:

agape

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "agape"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "agape"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agape

the Free Dictionary:

agape

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "agape"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "agape" by speech synthesizer

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "agape" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/agape

Google Dictionary:

agape | agapes [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "agape"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=agape

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

agape

Audio: North American pronunciation of "agape"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=agape​002 word=agape

agape

Audio: North American pronunciation of "agape"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=agape​001 word=agape

agape

Audio: North American pronunciation of "agape"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=agape​003 word=agape

YourDictionary Audio:

agape

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "agape" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agape

freedictionary.org:

agape

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "agape" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=agape

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