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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kraw-stik, uh-kros-tik]
    • /əˈkrɔ stɪk, əˈkrɒs tɪk/
    • /əˈkrɒs.tɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kraw-stik, uh-kros-tik]
    • /əˈkrɔ stɪk, əˈkrɒs tɪk/

Definitions of acrostic word

  • noun acrostic a number of lines of writing, such as a poem, certain letters of which form a word, proverb, etc. A single acrostic is formed by the initial letters of the lines, a double acrostic by the initial and final letters, and a triple acrostic by the initial, middle, and final letters 3
  • noun acrostic the word, proverb, etc, so formed 3
  • noun acrostic (as modifier) 3
  • noun acrostic a verse or arrangement of words in which certain letters in each line, such as the first or last, when taken in order spell out a word, motto, etc. 3
  • adjective acrostic of or like an acrostic 3
  • noun acrostic 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. 1

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Origin of acrostic

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
1580-90; < Greek akrostichís, equivalent to akro- acro- + stích(os) stich1 + -is noun suffix

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Parts of speech for Acrostic


acrostic popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for acrostic

noun acrostic

  • phrase — Grammar. a sequence of two or more words arranged in a grammatical construction and acting as a unit in a sentence. (in English) a sequence of two or more words that does not contain a finite verb and its subject or that does not consist of clause elements such as subject, verb, object, or complement, as a preposition and a noun or pronoun, an adjective and noun, or an adverb and verb.
  • cipher — A cipher is a secret system of writing that you use to send messages.
  • composition — When you talk about the composition of something, you are referring to the way in which its various parts are put together and arranged.
  • acronym — An acronym is a word composed of the first letters of the words in a phrase, especially when this is used as a name. An example of an acronym is NATO which is made up of the first letters of the 'North Atlantic Treaty Organization'.
  • wordplay — clever or subtle repartee; verbal wit.

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