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acrostic

noun acros·tic \ə-ˈkrs-tik, -ˈkräs-\

Definition of ACROSTIC

1
:  a composition usually in verse in which sets of letters (as the initial or final letters of the lines) taken in order form a word or phrase or a regular sequence of letters of the alphabet
2
:  acronym
acrostic also acros·ti·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective
acros·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of ACROSTIC

Middle French & Greek; Middle French acrostiche, from Greek akrostichis, from akr- acr- + stichos line; akin to steichein to go — more at stair
First Known Use: 1530

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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