One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical Chiefly with the. The headquarters of the religious sect founded by the Rev. Henry James Prince (1811–99) at Spaxton in Somerset in the mid 19th cent., or a similar establishment run by his successor, the Rev. John Hugh Smyth-Pigott (1852–1927), at Clapton, London; = "Abode of Love". Now historical.
2Generally Generally. A community characterized by love, an ‘abode of love’; (in extended use) an occasion or situation characterized by the sharing of communal love or the practice of free love.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. Irregularly from Hellenistic Greek ἀγάπη love + μονή dwelling, abode.
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