American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A poem or series of lines in which certain letters, usually the first in each line, form a name, motto, or message when read in sequence.
- n. See word square.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A composition in verse, in which the first, or the first and last, or certain other letters of the lines, taken in order, form a name, title, motto, the order of the alphabet, etc.
- n. A Hebrew poem in which the initial letters of the lines or stanzas were made to run over the letters of the alphabet in their order. Twelve of the Psalms are of this character, of which Psalm exix. is the best example.
- Pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing an acrostic: as, acrostic verses.
- Crossed; folded across; crossing.
- n. A poem or other text in which certain letters, often the first in each line, spell out a name or message.
- n. A particular kind of word puzzle: its solutions form an anagram of a quotation, and their initials often form its author.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A composition, usually in verse, in which the first or the last letters of the lines, or certain other letters, taken in order, form a name, word, phrase, or motto.
- n. A Hebrew poem in which the lines or stanzas begin with the letters of the alphabet in regular order (as Psalm cxix.). See Abecedarian.
- n. Pertaining to, or characterized by, acrostics.
- n. verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message
- n. a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across
- From Ancient Greek ἀκροστιχίς. (Wiktionary)
- French acrostiche, from Old French, from Greek akrostikhis : akron, head, end; see acromegaly + stikhos, line; see steigh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“An acrostic is "a line of poetry composed in such a way that in reading, in the vertical direction, the first letter of each verse, we find the word used as a theme.”
“= An acrostic is "aline of poetry composed in such a way that in reading, in the vertical direction, the first letter of each verse, we find the word used as a theme.”
“In a wider sense the name acrostic is applied to alphabetical or "abecedarian" poems.”
“The lamentations of Jeremiah have the form of an acrostic, that is, the verses begin with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet in regular order, the first with”
“The first four chapters are acrostic, that is each verse begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet.”
“Each of these four is also an acrostic, that is, each succeeding line or group of lines begins with a succeeding letter of the Hebrew alphabet.”
“They are identical in number of verses and in structure, both being acrostic, that is to say, the first clause of each commences with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the second clause with the second, and so on.”
“Comments: Can you imagine how hard it is to remember the word "acrostic"?”
“The name of the scribe is written in a kind of acrostic, and forms part of the text, running through three columns and is found in the book of Deuteronomy.”
“Linda Ann Nickerson presents Fireworks and Acrostics posted at Nickers and Ink, saying, “A collection of acrostic poems – from Nickers and Ink.””
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