acrostical

acrostic

[uh-kraw-stik, uh-kros-tik]
noun
1.
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.
adjective
2.
Also, acrostical. of, like, or forming an acrostic.

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

acrostically, adverb
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acrostic (əˈkrɒstɪk)
 
n
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]
 
a'crostically
 
adv

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acrostic
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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