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Elle Oh Vee Ee
Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 8:18 PM

Love. What is love?

Why Is There Such Thing As CopyCatters?


1. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which
delights or commands admiration; pre["e]minent kindness or
devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love
of brothers and sisters.
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Of all the dearest bonds we prove
Thou countest sons' and mothers' love
Most sacred, most Thine own. --Keble.
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2. Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate
affection for, one of the opposite sex.
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He on his side
Leaning half-raised, with looks of cordial love
Hung over her enamored. --Milton.
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3. Courtship; -- chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e.,
to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage.
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Demetrius . . .
Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,
And won her soul. --Shak.
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4. Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or
desire; fondness; good will; -- opposed to hate; often
with of and an object.
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Love, and health to all. --Shak.
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Smit with the love of sacred song. --Milton.
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The love of science faintly warmed his breast.
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5. Due gratitude and reverence to God.
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Keep yourselves in the love of God. --Jude 21.
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6. The object of affection; -- often employed in endearing
address; as, he held his love in his arms; his greatest
love was reading. "Trust me, love." --Dryden.
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Open the temple gates unto my love. --Spenser.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

Love Love (l[u^]v), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Loved (l[u^]vd); p.
pr. & vb. n. Loving.] [AS. lufian. [root]124. See Love,
1. To have a feeling of love for; to regard with affection or
good will; as, to love one's children and friends; to love
one's country; to love one's God.
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Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
--Matt. xxii.
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Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self. --Matt.
xxii. 39.
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2. To regard with passionate and devoted affection, as that
of one sex for the other.
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3. To take delight or pleasure in; to have a strong liking or
desire for, or interest in; to be pleased with; to like;
as, to love books; to love adventures.
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Wit, eloquence, and poetry.
Arts which I loved. --Cowley.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

Love Love, v. i.
To have the feeling of love; to be in love.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

n 1: a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; "his love
for his work"; "children need a lot of love" [ant: hate]
2: any object of warm affection or devotion; "the theater was
her first love" or "he has a passion for cock fighting";
[syn: passion]
3: a beloved person; used as terms of endearment [syn: beloved,
dear, dearest, loved one, 4: a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction; "their love
left them indifferent to their surroundings"; "she was his
first love"
5: a score of zero in tennis or squash; "it was 40 love"
6: sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse)
between two people; "his lovemaking disgusted her"; "he
hadn't had any love in months"; "he has a very complicated
love life" [syn: sexual love, making love,
love life]
v 1: have a great affection or liking for; "I love French food";
"She loves her boss and works hard for him" [ant: hate]
2: get pleasure from; "I love cooking" [syn: enjoy]
3: be enamored or in love with; "She loves her husband deeply"
4: have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with
everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever
intimate with this man?" [syn: roll in the hay, out}, make love, with}, get laid, sex}, know,
do it, intimate}, have intercourse, it away},
have it off, fuck, jazz, eff, hump, lie
with, have a go at it, get it on,
-- From WordNet (r) 2.0

This word seems to require explanation only in the case of its
use by our Lord in his interview with "Simon, the son of Jonas,"
after his resurrection (John 21:16, 17). When our Lord says,
"Lovest thou me?" he uses the Greek word _agapas_; and when
Simon answers, he uses the Greek word _philo_, i.e., "I love."
This is the usage in the first and second questions put by our
Lord; but in the third our Lord uses Simon's word. The
distinction between these two Greek words is thus fitly
described by Trench:, "_Agapan_ has more of judgment and
deliberate choice; _philein_ has more of attachment and peculiar
personal affection. Thus the 'Lovest thou' (Gr. agapas) on the
lips of the Lord seems to Peter at this moment too cold a word,
as though his Lord were keeping him at a distance, or at least
not inviting him to draw near, as in the passionate yearning of
his heart he desired now to do. Therefore he puts by the word
and substitutes his own stronger 'I love' (Gr. philo) in its
room. A second time he does the same. And now he has conquered;
for when the Lord demands a third time whether he loves him, he
does it in the word which alone will satisfy Peter ('Lovest
thou,' Gr. phileis), which alone claims from him that personal
attachment and affection with which indeed he knows that his
heart is full."

In 1 Cor. 13 the apostle sets forth the excellency of love, as
the word "charity" there is rendered in the Revised Version.

-- From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

LOVE, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of
the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder.
This disease, like _caries_ and many other ailments, is prevalent only
among civilized races living under artificial conditions; barbarous
nations breathing pure air and eating simple food enjoy immunity from
its ravages. It is sometimes fatal, but more frequently to the
physician than to the patient.

-- From THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)



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