Definition of acrostic
1 : a composition usually in verse in which sets of letters (such 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
acrosticor less commonly
acrosticalplay \-ti-kəl\ adjective
acrosticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of acrostic from the Web
But, as authorities eventually discovered, the poem was an acrostic that called out the leader of Myanmar’s junta.
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Origin and Etymology 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
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