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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.
3. A word puzzle in which the answers to several different clues form an anagram of a quotation, phrase, or other text.

[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