- a series of lines or verses in which the first, last, or other particular letters when taken in order spell out a word, phrase, etc.
- Also a·cros·ti·cal. of, like, or forming an acrostic.
Origin of acrostic
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Sense or nonsense, just as you please, so as it shows us what an acrostic is.
In an acrostic the beginnings of the lines are arranged in order.
The answer to the acrostic is “mantrap”; the missing rhyme is “mishap.”Marge Askinforit
But then in the hands of Swinburne an acrostic would cease to be artificial.Figures of Several Centuries
But there is no more trace of acrostic structure in x. till ver.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 1
- a number of lines of writing, such as a poem, certain letters of which form a word, proverb, etc. A single acrostic is formed by the initial letters of the lines, a double acrostic by the initial and final letters, and a triple acrostic by the initial, middle, and final letters
- the word, proverb, etc, so formed
- (as modifier)an acrostic sonnet
C16: via French from Greek akrostikhis, from acro- + stikhos line of verse, stich
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Word Origin and History for acrostic
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