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The Web and the Internet float on a flood of abbreviations. They are often used to save time when posting to a newsgroup or writing an email. This dictionary contains most of the common abbreviations ...
Acathistus

Acathistus  

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(Gk. ‘not sitting’, because it was sung standing), a famous Greek liturgical hymn in honour of the BVM. It may be the work of St Romanos ‘Melodos’, but the authorship is disputed.
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The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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2004
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Religion
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193 words

An acrostic is a poem in which the initial letters of each successive line form a word, phrase, or pattern.

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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2005
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History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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(ἀκροστιχίς), a composition in prose or verse in which the initial letters of each section form a word, phrase,

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006
a poem, word puzzle, or other composition in which certain letters in each line form a word or words. The word is recorded from the late 16th century, and comes via French from Greek ... ... More
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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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2005
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History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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213 words

An acrostic is a poem whose subject, or the name of the author or dedicatee, can be read in a

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Don P. Fowler and Peta G. Fowler

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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2012
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Classical studies, History
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a word or phrase formed from the initial letters of a number of consecutive lines of verse. Acrostics may occur by chance (Eust. ...

ACROSTICS

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion (2 ed.)

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2011
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literary devices, employed especially in verse. Alphabetic acrostics are found in the Bible (e.g., Ps. 34; Ps. 119;

Akathistos hymn

Akathistos hymn  

(c.6th century)Anonymous kontakion, originally for the Annunciation; still sung on Sundays and a Saturday in Great Lent. Its form consists of two prooimia and twenty-four oikoi (stanzas). The ...
argument

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In the specialized literary sense, a brief summary of the plot or subject‐matter of a long poem (or other work), such as those prefixed to the books of Milton's Paradise Lost; or, in a sense closer ...
Book of Lamentations

Book of Lamentations  

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(in Heb., Ekah or Kinot).One of the five scrolls of the Hebrew Bible. It is read in Jewish liturgy on the Ninth of Av.
Book of Nahum

Book of Nahum  

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Minor Prophet. It predicts the fall of Nineveh (c.612 bc), which is regarded as so imminent that the Book is usually dated shortly before this event. The psalm at the beginning (1: 2–9 or 1: 2–2: 2) ...
Chaeremon

Chaeremon  

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A tragic poet active about the middle of the 4th cent. bc. Aristotle, Rhetorica 3. 12=1413b13ff., says that his work was suitable for reading (rather than performance) and that he ...
Commodian

Commodian  

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Christian Latin poet. He is generally held to have flourished in Africa in the mid-3rd cent., but some have dated him later, e.g. in the 5th cent. in S. Gaul. He was a convert from paganism. Two of ...
Dionysius (16)

Dionysius (16)  

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(? 2nd cent. ad), a Greek, son of Calliphron, author of Description of Hellas (for schoolboys?); 150 feeble iambics survive: preface (acrostics); Ambracia–Peloponnese; [gap]; Cretan cities; Cyclades ...
Erotopaignia

Erotopaignia  

(᾽Ερωτοπαίγνια, “Games of Love”), a collection of vernacular love poems in political verse found in a unique late 15th-C. MS, though the poems themselves are older. The Erotopaignia include three ...
Ilias Latina

Ilias Latina  

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An epitome in Latin of Homer's Iliad in 1,070 hexameters, attributed in the manuscripts simply to ‘Homerus’ or (strangely) ‘Pindarus’; initial and final acrostics (with emendation) yield ‘italicus ...
kontakion

kontakion  

First important type of Byzantine hymn (5th–6th centuries); a sermon-like metrical biblical paraphrase with stanzas (oikoi), an introductory strophe (prooimion or koukoulion), and refrains ...
Literacy in Ancient Israel.

Literacy in Ancient Israel.  

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The invention of the alphabet in the Levant in the second millennium BCE and its subsequent adoption as the preferred writing system in various regions by the beginning of the ...
Mercy of God.

Mercy of God.  

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The concept of a loving and merciful god is ancient, found in hymns to Egyptian, Sumerian, and Babylonian deities. In the Ugaritic texts, the high god El is formulaically described ...

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