Definition of acrostic:
- A composition, usually in verse, in which the first or the last letters of the lines, or certain other letters, taken in order, form a name, word, phrase, or motto.
- A Hebrew poem in which the lines or stanzas begin with the letters of the alphabet in regular order ( as Psalm cxix.). See Abecedarian.
- Alt. of Acrostical
Ordinary verse suffices not for the greatness of his subject, which he must needs honour with an acrostic,- " I n prudence pereles is this moste comely kynge A nd as for his strength and magnanymyte C oncernynge his noble dedes in euery thynge O ne founde or grounde lyke to hym can not be B y byrth borne to boldnes and audacyte V nder the bolde planet of Mars the champyon S urely to subdue his ennemyes echone."- "The Ship of Fools, Volume 1", Sebastian Brandt.
- "Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate", Charles Turley.
Then he told me that the matter had been delayed, but that he was no longer required to suppress it; that the revelation was in the form of a book- a book which revealed conclusively to any one who would take the trouble to follow the directions that the acrostic name of Francis Bacon in a great variety of forms ran through many- probably through all of the so- called Shakespeare plays.- "Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens", Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009.