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extempore

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Synonyms for extempore

  • extemporaneous
  • impromptu
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In his discourses he was neither an extempore preacher, nor did he read.

It was that night Tony's extempore prayer was echoed so earnestly by his aunt.

All works of art should not be detached, but extempore performances.

Carpenters were at work converting the library into an extempore theatre.

And now Pastor Tappau began his prayer, extempore, as was the custom.

The smoked, extempore fireplace where a party cooked their fish.

It is not a natural gift, an extempore thing like authorship and song.

The prayer was extempore, and roused the girls to amazed attention.

In a few moments the doors opened and revealed an extempore stage.

Being strollers in the streets, we delight in this extempore illumination.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s (adv.), 1630s (n.), from Latin phrase ex tempore "offhand, in accordance with (the needs of) the moment," literally "out of time," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + tempore, ablative of tempus (genitive temporis) "time" (see temporal). Of speaking, strictly "without preparation, without time to prepare," but now often with a sense merely of "without notes or a teleprompter."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR EXTEMPORE

ad-lib

adverbin an improvised manner
  • extemporaneously
  • extempore
  • impromptu
  • off the cuff
  • off the top of one's head
  • spontaneously
  • without preparation
  • without rehearsal
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