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Definition of the noun acrostic

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noun - plural: acrostics

  1. a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across
  2. verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message

Alternative definition of the noun acrostic


  1. A poem or other text in which certain letters, often the first in each line, spell out a name or message.
  2. A particular kind of word puzzle: its solutions form an anagram of a quotation, and their initials often form its author.


  1. Acrostic: 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 from post-classical Latin acrostichis, from Koine Greek ἀκροστιχίς, from Ancient Greek ἄκρος "highest, topmost" and 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. The initials spell ICHTHYS, Greek for fish.
    • also known as 離合詩
  2. Acrostic: An acrostic is a type of word puzzle, related somewhat to crossword puzzles, that uses an acrostic form. It typically consists of two parts. The first part is a set of lettered clues, each of which has numbered blanks representing the letters of the answer. The second part is a long series of numbered blanks and spaces, representing a quotation or other text, into which the answers for the clues fit. In some forms of the puzzle, the first letters of each correct clue answer, read in order from clue A on down the list, will spell out the author of the quote and the title of the work it is taken from; this can be used as an additional solving aid.

Phrases with Acrostic

  1. double acrostic
  2. Triple Acrostic

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acrostic

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Google previewForgotten and Forsaken by God (Lamentations 5:19-20) (2013)

The Community in Pain in Lamentations and Related Old Testament Texts by Lina Rong

a number of scholars argue that the acrostic is an intrinsic feature of Lamentations.10 b. s. Childs holds that the book's ...

Google previewForms of Poetry (2004)

by Travis Lyon

The Mesostich Acrostic is a version of this poem that uses the middle letters of the lines to spell out the hidden message. Its abstract form might look something like this : xxxxxxxjxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxOxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxSxxxxxxxx xxxxxHxxxxx ...

Google previewThe Parent Project (1994)

A Workshop Approach to Parent Involvement by James Vopat

ILLUSTRATED POETRY WORKSHOP 1: ACROSTIC Because it generates vocabulary and makes timely connections, the acrostic is a particularly useful poetic form, and parents enjoy writing and sharing it. We ask parents to focus on one of ...

Google previewAviation Instructor's Handbook (FAA-H-8083-9A) (2016)

by Federal Aviation Administration

An acrostic is a poem, word puzzle, or other composition in which the first letter of each line or word is a cue to the idea the learner wishes to...

An example of a useful aviation acrostic is the memory aid for one of the magnetic compass errors.

Google previewLiterary Introductions to the Books of the Bible (2015)

by Leland Ryken

An acrostic is a literary form in which successive units (whether lines, verses, or stanzas) begin with the consecutive letters of the alphabet of the language in which it is written. Each of the first four chapters of Lamentations follows this pattern, ...

Google previewAviation Weather Services Handbook (2010)

by Federal Aviation Administration, United States. National Weather Service

An acrostic is a poem, word puzzle, or other composition in which the first letter of each line or word is a cue to the idea the learner wishes to...

An example of a useful aviation acrostic is the memory aid for one of the magnetic compass errors.

Google previewReading and Writing (1998)

by Wendy Wren

Background knowledge An acrostic is a poem where the first letter of each line, when read vertically, is the subject of the poem. There is no need for acrostics to rhyme. Rather, they should concentrate on vocabulary which clearly describes the ...

Google previewHCSB (2013)

Navigating the Horizons in Bible Translations by E. Ray Clendenen, David K. Stabnow

ALPHABETIC ACROSTIC An acrostic is a construction where the first letter of a series of lines can be strung together to make something meaningful. This poem by Edgar Allan Poe is an example: Elizabeth it is in vain you say “Love not”—thou ...

Google previewThe Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare: Measure for measure. Comedy of errors. Much ado about nothing. Love's labour's lost. A midsummer-night's dream (1790)

by William Shakespeare

The following acrostic is the argument to the Menaechmi ...

Google previewThorns, Horns, and Crescent Moons (2014)

Reading and Writing Nature Poems by Jill Kalz

Kickstand of unseen roots, Trunk furrowed with rippling bark Rising tall from dark, rich soil, Earth's fist punching skyward with Explosions of meaty, helmeted acorns Showering down like cannon fire An acrostic is a poem that's twice as nice.

Google previewThe Complete Literary Guide to the Bible (2010)

by Leland Ryken, Tremper Longman III

An acrostic is a poem in which the first letters of successive lines form a recognizable pattern. While in some poems from ancient times (such as some Babylonian poems) the name of a scribe who copied the text, or perhaps some hidden ...

Google previewAn Entertaining Tale of Quadrupeds (2013)

The acrostic is a prominent characteristic of learned Byzantine poetry; it is featured in many a Byzantine hymn. For it to turn up in a vernacular Byzantine poem, removed as it appears to be from the norms of the Byzantine scriptorium, ...

Google previewThe Complete Problem Solver (2013)

by John R. Hayes

An acrostic is a sentence or rhyme in which the first letter of each word is a cue. In the acrostic, "True virtue means dull company," the first letter of each word is a cue to a sequence of terms relating to the magnetic compass: "true, variation, ...

Google previewCritical Companion to the Bible (2009)

by Martin H. Manser

the notion carried by the alphabetic acrostic is that of completeness: ...

Google previewMaking Shifts without Making Waves (2009)

A Coach Approach to Soulful Leadership by Edward H Hammett, James R. Pierce

Clarifying BARRIERS The following BARRIERS acrostic is a helpful and easy way to help you as a leader and/or coach to navigate individuals from being stuck to unstuck. Coach around BARRIERS Bullet-proof (stubborness) Avoidance ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Memory [3 volumes] (2013)

by Annette Kujawski Taylor Ph.D.

ACROSTIC An acrostic is one of several commonly used mnemonic devices— strategies that can be used to increase both the capacity and duration of memory. This is a more complicated mnemonic device when compared to an acronym.

Google previewPoetry Dictionary (2006)

by John Drury

ACROSTIC (uh-cros'-tik; Greek, "tip, point" + "line, verse, stich") Poem in which the initial letters of the lines, read downward, ...

Google previewThe Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 4 (2010)

Revised Full-Color Edition by Merrill C. Tenney

It is argued that 1:2 – 10 is a secondary addition mainly because this passage is construed partly as an alphabetic (ACROSTIC) psalm, and because it is supposedly not related to the central theme of the book. These arguments, however, are ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Medieval Literature (2013)

by Laura C. Lambdin, Robert T. Lambdin

ACROSTIC. An acrostic is a composition in which a set of letters, usually the first but also in the middle or at the end of each line, spells out a coded word. One of the best examples of this is the Old Testament's 119th Psalm. *Cynewulf, an Old ...

Google previewThe Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England (2013)

by Michael Lapidge, John Blair, Simon Keynes, Donald Scragg

The earliest surviving Greek acrostic poem,having the legend ΙΗΣΟΥΣ ΧΡΕΙΣΤΟΣ ΘΕΟΥ ΥΙΟΣ ΣΩΤΗΡ ('Jesus Christ, Sonof God, Saviour': the first letters here spell out ΙΧΘΥΣ, the Greek word for 'fish', and a widespread early Christian symbol ...

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Quotes about Acrostic

A n acrostic poem,
C an be about anything,
R eally.
O f course, some people like to
S tart each line as a setence,
T hough,
I prefer weaving words into a
C reation that is more freeform. (Hyoushin Akarashii)
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Scrabble value of A1C3R1O1S1T1I1C3

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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