Definition of acrostic in English:

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acrostic

Pronunciation: /əˈkrôstik/

noun

A poem, word puzzle, or other composition in which certain letters in each line form a word or words.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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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  • acrobat from early 19th century:

    The earliest acrobats were tightrope walkers, which explains why the word derives from Greek akrobatos, meaning ‘walking on tiptoe’. The akro- part of akrobatos meant ‘tip, end, or summit’ and is found in several other English words. The acropolis (mid 17th century) of a Greek city, most famously Athens, was the fortified part, which was usually built on a hill. Acrophobia (late 19th century) is fear of heights. An acronym (mid 20th century) is a word such as laser or Aids formed from the initial letters of other words, and an acrostic (late 16th century) is a poem or puzzle in which the first letters in each line form a word or words.

Words that rhyme with acrostic

agnostic, diagnostic, gnostic, prognostic

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: a·cros·tic

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