of an acrostic, pertaining to a composition in which the initial or ending letters form a word or phrase
composition in which the initial or ending letters form a word or phrase
\a*cros"tic\ (&?;) (&?;), n. [gr. &?;; &?; extreme + &?; order, line, verse.] 1.
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. 2.
a hebrew poem in which the lines or stanzas begin with the letters of the alphabet in regular order (as psalm cxix.). see abecedarian.
An acrostic is a poem or other form of writing in which the first letter, syllable or word of each line, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message. The word comes from the French, acrostiche < post-classical Latin acrostichis < Hellenistic , from ancient 'highest, topmost' + στίχος 'verse'). As a form of constrained writing, an acrostic can be used as a mnemonic device to aid memory retrieval. A famous acrostic was made in Greek for the acclamation JESUS CHRIST, SON OF GOD, SAVIOUR (; Iesous CHristos, THeou Yios, Soter — ch and th being each one letter in Greek). The initials spell ICHTHYS (ΙΧΘΥΣ), Greek for fish.
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1. a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across
(synonym) word square
2. verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message
(hypernym) literary composition, literary work
1. 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.
2. A set of words arranged in a square such that they read the same horizontally and vertically. Also called word square.
***In William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the following passage,
spoken by Titania, spells out her own name with the initial letters of each
Thou shalt remain here, whether thou wilt or no,
I am a spirit of no common rate,
The summer till doth tend upon my state;
ANd I do love thee. Therefore go with me.
I'll give thee fairies to attend on thee;
And they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep . . . .
Alt. of Acrostical
A Hebrew poem in which the lines or stanzas begin with the letters of the alphabet in regular order (as Psalm cxix.). See Abecedarian.
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.
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