love feast

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From love +‎ feast, after Latin agape, Koine Greek ἀγάπη (agápē).

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love feast (plural love feasts)

  1. (Christianity, historical) A symbolic communal meal held by early Christians in commemoration of the eucharist. [from 16th c.]
    Synonym: agape
  2. (Christianity) A religious service held by Moravians, Methodists and some other group, in imitation of such gatherings, characterised by partaking in a simple meal. [from 17th c.]
    • 1789, Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative, vol. I, ch. 10:
      He then invited me to a love-feast at his chapel that evening.
  3. (figuratively, now chiefly Canada, US) Any banquet or gathering to promote goodwill among the participants. [from 17th c.]

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