Astonishment vs Agape - What's the difference?

astonishment | agape |


As nouns the difference between astonishment and agape

is that astonishment is amazement, great surprise while agape is (christianity) the love of god for mankind, or the benevolent love of christians for others.

As a adjective agape is

being in a state of astonishment, wonder, expectation, or eager attention; as with mouth hanging open.

As a adverb agape is

in a state of astonishment, wonder, expectation, or eager attention.

astonishment

English

Noun

  • amazement, great surprise
  • An amazing thing or phenomenon.
  • * 1964:
  • Everything he had seen so far--the great chocolate river, the waterfall, the huge sucking pipes, the candy meadows, the Oompa-Loompas, the beautiful pink boat, and most of all, Mr. Willy Wonka himself--had been so astonishing that he began to wonder whether there could possibly be anymore astonishments left.

    agape

    English

    Etymology 1

    * . First known use by (1667).

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Being in a state of astonishment, wonder, expectation, or eager attention; as with mouth hanging open.
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  • wide open.
  • * 1874 , (Marcus Clarke), (For the Term of His Natural Life) Chapter VIII
  • With his mouth agape and his hands clenched, Rufus Dawes, incapable of further speech, made a last effort to nod assent, but his head fell upon his breast; the next moment, the flickering light, the gloomy prison, the eager face of the doctor, and the astonished face of Vickers, vanished from before his straining eyes.
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  • * 2004 , Jeffrey C. Carrier, John A. Musick, & Michael R. Heithaus, Biology of Sharks and their Relatives? , page 171
  • If the slightly agape mouth is closed prior to mouth opening, this is termed the preparatory phase and is more common in suction-feeding bony fishes than elasmobranchs.
    Usage notes
    * Almost always used after a noun or noun phrase it modifies.
    Synonyms
    * (being in a state of astonishment) dumbstruck, agog * (open wide) ajar, open, agog

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • In a state of astonishment, wonder, expectation, or eager attention.
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  • open wide.
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  • * 1996 , Perri O'Shaughnessy, Invasion of Privacy? , page 508
  • The bathroom door stood agape , and the peeling vinyl floor was bare.
  • * 2005 , , Chainfire? , page 427
  • He glanced up into Richard's eyes, his own wide with wonder, his mouth hanging agape .

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .

    Noun

    (agapae)
  • (Christianity) the love of God for mankind, or the benevolent love of Christians for others.
  • spiritual, altruistic, beneficial love which wills good for others.
  • a love feast, especially one held in the early Christian Church in connection with the eucharist.