Origin of acrosticClassical Greek akrostichos from akros (see acro-) + stichos, line of verse
- The definition of acrostic is the term used to describe a poem or verse in which one letter in each word is used to form another word.
An example of something that can be acrostic is a poem that is a child's name with a different adjective used for each letter in the name.
- Acrostic is defined as a poem or verse in which certain letters in each word, such as the first and the last, are used to form another word.
An example of a famous acrostic is Het Wilhelmus, the Dutch national anthem.
- 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.
- See word square.
- A word puzzle in which the answers to several different clues form an anagram of a quotation, phrase, or other text.
Origin of acrosticFrench acrostiche from Old French from Greek akrostikhis akron head, end ; see acromegaly. stikhos line ; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.
From Ancient Greek ἀκροστιχίς (akrostikhis).
- An acrostic poem is a poem that uses each of the letters in a particular topic word as the basis for the lines within the poem.
- Acrostic poems are often written to spell someone's name or words such as PEACE, LOVE, JOY, HOPE, and FRIENDSHIP.
- Since acrostic poems require no special literary knowledge, they are a great way to introduce children to poetry.
- This book is worthy of note on account of the quaint and sarcastic humour of its numerous acrostic verses.
- The A pologeticum, undoubtedly by Commodianus, although the name of the author (as well as the title) is absent from the MS., is free from the acrostic restriction.