extemporary

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj extemporary with little or no preparation or forethought "his ad-lib comments showed poor judgment","an extemporaneous piano recital","an extemporary lecture","an extempore skit","an impromptu speech","offhand excuses","trying to sound offhanded and reassuring","an off-the-cuff toast","a few unrehearsed comments"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Extemporary Extemporaneous. "In extemporary prayer."
    • Extemporary Made for the occasion; for the time being. "Extemporary habitations."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • extemporary Composed, performed, uttered, or applied without previous study or preparation: as, an extemporary sermon.
    • extemporary Made or procured for the occasion or for the present purpose; extemporaneous.
    • extemporary Synonyms See extemporaneous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Extemporary done on the spur of the moment: hastily prepared: speaking extempore: done without preparation: off-hand
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ex, out of, tempus, temporis, time.

Usage

In literature:

The principle upon which extemporary prayer was originally introduced, is no longer admitted.
"A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland" by Samuel Johnson
Amidst such circumstances, extemporary gaiety cannot always be found.
"The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete" by Anthony Hamilton
He wrote essays, squibs, and pamphlets for an extemporary support.
"Damon and Delia" by William Godwin
He despised purely extemporary efforts; he did not believe in them.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XII" by John Lord
He knew that extemporary verses are never approved of by any but by the person in whose honor they are written.
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
In this case steps were cut in it with an ice axe from our extemporary ladder, and Captain Scott and I got up first.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
They sat as still and attentive around him, as though before an extemporary preacher.
"Henry Brocken" by Walter J. de la Mare
Unfortunately for him, he wasn't present at the extemporary meeting that reversed Bayne's action in calling the strike.
"Null-ABC" by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
The extemporary character of their contrivance and expedients, is sufficiently apparent.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
I was born for extemporary speaking.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
I was born for extemporary speaking.
"Household Papers and Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Extemporary prayers especially, accustomed the members of a family to express openly what was really in their hearts.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. I." by Gustav Freytag
After this, Mr. Duche, unexpected to everybody, struck out into an extemporary prayer, which filled the bosom of every man present.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
Yet occasional, fragmentary, extemporary as most of them are, they bear the guinea stamp of true genius.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
It is surely evident that such elaborate dramatic personages were not extemporary creations thrown off in the heat of the pen.
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
Mr. Cartwright began, almost in a whisper, to utter his extemporary prayer.
"The Vicar of Wrexhill" by Mrs [Frances] Trollope
He jeered those who passed for eloquent without having his extemporary facility.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
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