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acrostic

[uh-kraw-stik, uh-kros-tik] /əˈkrɔ stɪk, əˈkrɒs tɪk/
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
1580-1590
1580-90; < Greek akrostichís, equivalent to akro- acro- + stích(os) stich + -is noun suffix
Related forms
acrostically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for acrostical

acrostic

/əˈkrɒstɪk/
noun
1.
  1. 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
  2. the word, proverb, etc, so formed
  3. (as modifier): an acrostic sonnet
Derived Forms
acrostically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via French from Greek akrostikhis, from acro- + stikhos line of verse, stich
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Word Origin and History for acrostical

acrostic

n.

short poem in which the initial letters of the lines, taken in order, spell a word or phrase, 1580s, from Medieval Latin acrostichis, from Greek akrostikhis, from akros "at the end, outermost" (see acrid) + stikhos "line of verse," literally "row" (see stair).

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