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a·cros·tic

 (ə-krô′stĭk, ə-krŏs′tĭk)
n.
1. A poem or series of lines in which certain letters, usually the first in each line, form a name, motto, or message when read in sequence.

[French acrostiche, from Old French, from Greek akrostikhis : akron, head, end; see acromegaly + stikhos, line; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.]

a·cros′tic adj.

acrostic

(əˈkrɒstɪk)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms)
a. 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
b. the word, proverb, etc, so formed
c. (as modifier): an acrostic sonnet.
[C16: via French from Greek akrostikhis, from acro- + stikhos line of verse, stich]
aˈcrostically adv

a•cros•tic

(əˈkrɔ stɪk, əˈkrɒs tɪk)

n.
1. a series of written lines or verses in which the first, last, or other particular letters form a word, phrase, etc.
adj.
2. Also, a•cros′ti•cal. of, like, or forming an acrostic.
[1580–90; < Greek akrostichís=akro- acro- + stích(os) stich + -is n. suffix]
a•cros′ti•cal•ly, adv.

acrostic

- From Greek akron, "end," and stikhos, "row, line of verse."
See also related terms for row.

acrostic

A verse in which the initial letters of each line form a word or phrase reading downwards.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acrostic - a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as acrossacrostic - a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across
mystifier, puzzle, puzzler, teaser - a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution; "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler"
2.acrostic - verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message
literary composition, literary work - imaginative or creative writing
Translations
Akrostichon

acrostic

[əˈkrɒstɪk] Nacróstico m

acrostic

nAkrostichon nt
References in classic literature ?
I had an acrostic once sent to me upon my own name, which I was not at all pleased with.
A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza;--read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
Mr Slum then withdrew to alter the acrostic, after taking a most affectionate leave of his patroness, and promising to return, as soon as he possibly could, with a fair copy for the printer.
When this method fails, they have two others more effectual, which the learned among them call acrostics and anagrams.
ynce made headlines earlier this year when it emerged that his defense statement was actually an acrostic poem, with the first letter of every paragraph spelling out, "Thief Tayyip," referring to Erdoy-an.
For many years, she actually created acrostic puzzles as a contributing member of Mensa International.
Presented as an acrostic, each page represents one letter of the word inuksuk, accompanied by a an Inuktitut word that helps to build a survey or overview of life in the Arctic.
Using stimulus of photographs and stories from the emirates, students worked together to create acrostic poetry and then complete a descriptive piece about a visit to Dubai.
The children, in groups, then had to take different initials of Prince George's name and use the poetic techniques they had learned in order to create an acrostic poem.
Each of the remaining letters of the acrostic follows a similar pattern.
Possibly Minton Wesley mug with acrostic poem spelling his name.
As a tribute to Indian megastar Amitabh Bachchan's 71st birthday, which falls today, I am submitting an acrostic message.