Noun Acrostic Definition and Examples







A poem, word puzzle, or other composition in which certain letters in each line form a word or words.
  1. 'He followed this lively discussion with another literacy activity-having students do an acrostic, using the word ‘retarded.’'
  2. 'The Greeks did enjoy making acrostics, but that's a different kind of wordplay (despite the fact that the Times confusingly calls word squares ‘acrostic squares’).'
  3. 'This is the Hebrew month of Elul, which in Hebrew forms an acrostic for the words: ‘I am my Beloved's, and my Beloved is mine.’'
  4. '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).'
  5. 'A simple structure for your prayer life may be based on an acrostic on the words ACTS.'
  6. 'I plan to do another blog post, finish the acrostic in the NYT Magazine, and do a bit of walking (with the help of my camera).'
  7. 'Both free verse and rhymed poetry styles are studied, including cinquain, haiku, tanka, rhopalic, echo and refrain poems, acrostics, alphabet and dictionary poems.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'It's a good day to read the Times, do the acrostic, grade some exams, watch a movie, and eat dinner in a restaurant.'
  10. 'A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; - read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.'
((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.) Alt. of Acrostical|--|)


1. a series of lines or verses in which the first, last, or other particular letters when taken in order spell out a word, phrase, etc. adjective

2. Also, acrostical. of, like, or forming an acrostic.

Late 16th century: from French acrostiche, from Greek akrostikhis, from akron ‘end’ + stikhos ‘row, line of verse’. The change in the ending was due to association with -ic.

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