What is another word for agape?

Pronunciation: [ɐɡˈe͡ɪp] (IPA)

Agape is a term that is most commonly used to describe a type of love that is selfless and altruistic. When we use the word agape, we are usually referring to a love that is pure and unconditional, and which seeks nothing in return. There are many synonyms for agape that capture this sense of selflessness, including altruistic, benevolent, generous, and philanthropic. Other words that might be used to describe a love that is marked by selflessness and generosity might include loving, caring, kind-hearted, and compassionate. Ultimately, the concept of agape is a powerful reminder of the importance of kindness and compassion in our lives.

Synonyms for Agape:

What are the hypernyms for Agape?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the hyponyms for Agape?

Hyponyms are more specific words categorized under a broader term, known as a hypernym.
  • hyponyms for agape (as nouns)

What are the opposite words for agape?

Agape, meaning "wide open" or "unconditional love", has several antonyms. One is "narrow", as in having a closed or restricted outlook or mentality. Another is "conditional", meaning love or acceptance that is dependent on certain requirements being met. "Hate" is also an antonym for agape, as it represents the polar opposite of unconditional love. Lastly, "selfish" can be considered an antonym for agape because it indicates a focus on personal wants and needs, rather than the well-being of others. These antonyms highlight the importance of open-mindedness, acceptance, and empathy in contrast to the negative impact of narrow-mindedness, conditions, hate, and selfishness in relationships and society.

Usage examples for Agape

Then he turned abruptly to the woman who stood with mouth agape in the middle of the room.
"The Man from Jericho"
Edwin Carlile Litsey
The Fool had risen from his chair and was standing leaning forward, his back black against the blazing fire, his silly mouth agape and great terror in his eyes.
"Fortitude"
Hugh Walpole
Yes; a black feller, with four legs an' a tail, an' a red mouth all agape, wide enough to take in my head, hat an' all.
"Tales from the Veld"
Ernest Glanville

Famous quotes with Agape

  • The tomato hit Brother Leon on his left cheek, a ripe tomato that exploded in juicy fury, splattering his shirt and his hair and smearing his face with what looked like blood. Nobody said anything. Nobody moved. Nobody cheered or booed. Everybody sat there in a profound silence as Brother Leon, mouth agape, wiped the tomato from his face, still silent as he stalked from the stage, leaving an assembly hall full of students who sat stunned, silent for a few minutes, then quietly filed out of the hall. Broher Leon never learned the culprit's name. He, in fact, never made an effort to do so. Nobody else ever mentioned the incident. But Henry Malloran was elected president of the senior class at the next day's election and nobody ran against him.
    Robert Cormier
  • people, of course, tend to distinguish between the various kinds of love, there are good kinds, such as divine charity, and allegedly bad kinds, such as, in quotes, animal lust. But it should be understood I think, that they are all forms of the same thing. But they differ, in rather the same way that the colors of white light divide into the spectrum when passed through a prism. So we might say that the red end of the spectrum of love is Dr. Freud's libido. And the violet end of the spectrum of love is agape, what is called divine love or divine charity. And that in the middle the various yellows, blues, and greens, are friendship, human endearment, consideration, and all that sort of fellow-feeling. But it's all the same thing.
    Alan Watts
  • Somewhere—in desolate wind-swept space— In Twilight-land—in No-man’s land— Two hurrying Shapes met face to face, And bade each other stand.“And who are you?” cried one, agape, Shuddering in the gloaming light. “I know not,” said the second Shape, “I only died last night.”
    Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • Defiling their shadows, infidels, accursed of Allah, with fingernails that are foot-long daggers, with mouths agape like cauldrons full of teeth on the boil, with eyes all fire, shaitans possessed of Iblis, clanking into their wars all linked, like slaves, with iron chains. Murad Bey, the huge, the single-blowed ox-beheader, saw without too much surprise mild-looking pale men dressed in blue, holding guns, drawn up in squares six deep as though in some massed dance depictive of orchard walls. At the corners of the squares were heavy giins and gunners. There did not seem to be many horsemen. Murad said a prayer within, raised his scimitar to heaven and yelled a fierce and holy word. The word was taken up, many thousandfold, and in a kind of gloved thunder the Mamelukes threw themselves on to the infidel right and nearly broke it. But the squares healed themselves at once, and the cavalry of the faithful crashed in three avenging prongs along the fire-spitting avenues between the walls. A great gun uttered earthquake language at them from within a square, and, rearing and cursing the curses of the archangels of Islam on to the uncircumcized, they wheeled and swung towards their protective village of Embabeh. There they encountered certain of the blue-clad infidel horde on the flat roofs of the houses, coughing musket-fire at them. But then disaster sang along their lines from the rear as shell after shell crunched and the Mamelukes roared in panic and burden to the screams of their terrified mounts, to whose ears these noises were new. Their rear dissolving, their retreat cut off, most sought the only way, that of the river. They plunged in, horseless, seeking to swim across to join the inactive horde of Ibrahim, waiting for .action that could now never come. Murad Bey, with such of his horsemen as were left, yelped off inland to Gizeh.
    Anthony Burgess
  • And lately, by the Tavern Door agape, Came shining through the Dusk an Angel Shape Bearing a Vessel on his Shoulder; and He bid me taste of it; and 'twas — the Grape!
    Omar Khayyám

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