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[ik-stem-puh-rer-ee] /ɪkˈstɛm pəˌrɛr i/
extemporaneous; extempore.
Obsolete. sudden; unexpected.
Origin of extemporary
First recorded in 1600-10; extempore + -ary
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[ik-stem-puh-rair-uh-lee, -rer-] /ɪkˌstɛm pəˈrɛər ə li, -ˈrɛr-/ (Show IPA),
extemporariness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He wrote essays, squibs, and pamphlets for an extemporary support.

    Damon and Delia William Godwin
  • You are independent of your mood, on which the extemporary preacher has to lean so much.

  • They sat as still and attentive around him, as though before an extemporary preacher.

    Henry Brocken

    Walter J. de la Mare
  • What seemed to be an effort to celebrate his achievements in extemporary verse brought on another fit.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
  • Mr. Cartwright began, almost in a whisper, to utter his extemporary prayer.

    The Vicar of Wrexhill Mrs [Frances] Trollope
  • The extemporary character of their contrivance and expedients, is sufficiently apparent.

  • The consequence was, just as I was getting over the embarrassment of extemporary oration, down came the sash and guillotined me.

  • The spinners celebrated their young master's return in the extemporary songs, so common among their countrywomen.


    Mary Brunton
  • The service commenced with a hymn, to which succeeded an extemporary prayer.

  • The mystery seems explained by a supposition that his talent lay in extemporary declamation.

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