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1. A word formed by combining the initial letters of a multipart name, such as NATO from North Atlantic Treaty Organization or by combining the initial letters or parts of a series of words, such as radar from radio detecting and ranging.
2. Usage Problem An initialism.

ac′ro·nym′ic, a·cron′y·mous (ə-krŏn′ə-məs) adj.
Usage Note: In strict usage, the term acronym refers to a word made from the initial letters or parts of other words, such as sonar from so(und) na(vigation and) r(anging). The distinguishing feature of an acronym is that it is pronounced as if it were a single word, in the manner of NATO and NASA. Acronyms are often distinguished from initialisms like FBI and NIH, whose individual letters are pronounced as separate syllables. While observing this distinction has some virtue in precision, it may be lost on many people, for whom the term acronym refers to both kinds of abbreviations.
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Adj.1.acronymous - characterized by the use of acronymsacronymous - characterized by the use of acronyms
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This timely provocation, in which Hajek uses humour to unpick the coding and monolingualism predilection, which he acronymously frames as a call to DECODE, ranges across popular culture and media to demonstrate the ridiculousness of a monolingual focus in any country, and Australia in particular, despite media sentiment to do otherwise