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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 ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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2015

... Usually a poem in which the initial letters of each line can be read down the page to spell either an alphabet, a name (often that of the author, a patron, or a loved one), or some other concealed message. Variant forms of acrostic may use middle letters or final letters of lines or, in prose acrostics, initial letters of sentences or paragraphs. There are also acrostic phrases that serve a mnemonic function: the initial letters of ‘Richard of York gave battle in vain’ are those of the colours in a...

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The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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2004
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Religion
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... . An acrostic is a poem in which the initial letters of each successive line form a word, phrase, or pattern. Acrostics are found in several ancient Near Eastern literatures; in the Bible the only poems of this type are alphabetic acrostics, in which each consecutive line or group of lines begins with a successive letter of the alphabet in the order of the letters in Hebrew. The acrostic poems in the Bible are Psalms 9–10 , 25 , 34 , 37 , 111 , 112 , 145 ; Proverbs 31.10–31 ; Lamentations 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 ; Nahum 1.2–8 (incomplete); Sirach ...

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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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...permissible (e.g., ταπινου̑). Alphabetic acrostics link chapters and entries in the gnomologia (see Gnome ) and Mirrors of Princes , hortatory works to which are related a series of shorter penitential alphabets in prose and verse and in the vernacular as well as the learned languages ( Krumbacher , GBL 717–20). Acrostics are found in secular enkomia , spelling the name of the recipient (e.g., in the works of Dioskoros of Aphrodito ). Alphabetic acrostics are also used for love songs, as in the Erotopaignia . K. Krumbacher , Die Akrostichis in der...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... (Greek akros , ‘extreme’, and stikhos , ‘line of verse’) Verse in which the first letters of each line read downwards to form a word. If the final letters also form a word it is a double acrostic. If the middle letters do likewise, it is a triple acrostic. The term was first applied to the obscure prophecies of the Erythraean sibyl written on loose leaves, which made a word when sorted into order. The following alliterative acrostic spells out the name of the popular singer Kitty Stephens , later Countess of Essex ( 1794–1882 ): She sings so...

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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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... An acrostic is a poem whose subject, or the name of the author or dedicatee, can be read in a word or group of words, consisting of the first letter or first syllable – more rarely the last letter or last syllable – of each verse. This genre, quite popular during the early Middle Ages , notably in the court poetry of the Carolingian period, under the joint influence of the mannerist rhetoric of Late Antiquity and the writing techniques proper to Celtic and Germanic poetry, suffered a relative eclipse in the course of the central Middle Ages before...

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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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... (Gk. ἀκροστιχίς, ἀκροστίχιον) , a word or phrase formed from the initial letters of a number of consecutive lines of verse. Acrostics may occur by chance (Eust. Il. 24. 1; Gell. NA 14. 6. 4; Hilberg, Wien. Stud. ( 1899 ) 264–305, ( 1900 ) 317–18): whether they are accepted as significant will depend on their consonance with other aspects of the texts in which they occur. There are two broad types: proper names (especially the author's name as a kind of signature or sphragis ) and other words and phrases. Examples of the first type include ...

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T.V.F. Brogan and D. A. Colón

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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...author’s name, as in the acrostic Cicero claims Ennius wrote or François Villon’s acrostic to his mother that spells “Villone.” The spelling is usually straightforward but may be in anagram for the sake of concealment. If the medial letter of each line spells out a name, the poem is a mesostich; if the final letter, a telestich; if both initials and finals are used, a double acrostic (two of the Babylonian acrostics are such); if all three, a triple acrostic. Finals may also be in reverse order. In any case, the aesthetic of the acrostic is clandestine, as its...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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2003
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Language reference, History of English
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... XVI. — L. acrostichis — Gr. akrostikhís , f. ákros endmost, ACRO- + stíkhos row, line of verse. The etym. sp. acrostich has been superseded through assoc. with -IC . Cf. F. acrostiche...

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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 akrostikhis , from akron ‘end’ + stikhos ‘row, line of...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013
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... • achromatic , acrobatic, Adriatic, aerobatic, anagrammatic, aquatic, aristocratic, aromatic, Asiatic, asthmatic, athematic, attic, autocratic, automatic, axiomatic, bureaucratic, charismatic, chromatic, cinematic, climatic, dalmatic, democratic, diagrammatic, diaphragmatic, diplomatic, dogmatic, dramatic, ecstatic, emblematic, emphatic, enigmatic, epigrammatic, erratic, fanatic, hepatic, hieratic, hydrostatic, hypostatic, idiomatic, idiosyncratic, isochromatic, lymphatic, melodramatic, meritocratic, miasmatic, monochromatic, monocratic, monogrammatic,...

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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81 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
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2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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66 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2005
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49 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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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 akrostikhis, ...

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