[uh-kraw-stik, uh-kros-tik]
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, acrostical. of, like, or forming an acrostic.

1580–90; < Greek akrostichís, equivalent to akro- acro- + stích(os) stich + -is noun suffix

acrostically, adverb Unabridged
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acrostic (əˈkrɒstɪk)
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]

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Word Origin & History

short poem in which the initial letters of the lines, taken in order, spell a word or phrase, 1580s, from M.L. acrostichis, from Gk. akrostikhis, from akros "at the end, outermost" (see acrid) + stikhos "line of verse," lit. "row" (see stair).
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Example sentences
Today's acrostic does not appear in the print magazine.
Two weeks ago, the acrostic consisted entirely of eight-letter words.
There are a couple of odd answer words in this weekend's acrostic.
In every acrostic you toss in a few interesting, lesser-known words, in both the clues and answers.
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