Definition of acrostic in English:


Syllabification: a·cros·tic
Pronunciation: /əˈkrôstik, əˈkräs-


  • A poem, word puzzle, or other composition in which certain letters in each line form a word or words.
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    • The title of the poem is a near acrostic, containing the word coital (perhaps suggestive of self and other joining together).
    • So an entire stanza or page might at times intervene between the M and the U of Mud (at other points the acrostic goes line to line).
    • He took weekly Sabbath walks to the University of North Carolina to sell fruit, soon winning the students' admiration by composing love lyrics and acrostics to order.


late 16th century: from French acrostiche, from Greek akrostikhis, from akron 'end' + stikhos 'row, line of verse'. The spelling change was due to association with -ic.

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