Meaning of extempore in English:


Pronunciation /ɪkˈstɛmp(ə)ri/ /ɛkˈstɛmp(ə)ri/

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  • Spoken or done without preparation.

    ‘an extempore speech’
    • ‘She was quite prepared to speak extempore for an hour, when well in her seventies.’
    • ‘From a reader of speeches, she started speaking extempore.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister seemed to be in a very enthusiastic and positive mood as he spoke extempore for about 20 minutes.’
    • ‘Like politicians, almost everything they said was designed to enhance their public image while appearing extempore and sincere.’
    • ‘This wasn't like a proper impromptu presentation - this looked unrehearsed, extempore.’
    • ‘Every Thursday, the school organises competitions in areas such as recitation, extempore speech, quiz, map pointing, declamation and prepared talk.’
    • ‘‘Most of the teachers congratulated me, as they considered it one of the best extempore presentations,’ he discloses.’
    • ‘Was language invented extempore, or gradually developed from grunts and screeches?’
    • ‘Both have appeals that transcend party loyalty, and both are brilliant extempore speakers who, at their best, hardly sound like politicians at all.’
    • ‘First up were the talents of the award-winning extempore duo and they dazzled the crowd with their improvisational skills and stinging repartee.’
    • ‘The students were later given extempore topics for presentation.’
    • ‘Their extempore skills, general knowledge and other talents were brushed up to match the level of other participants.’
    • ‘Throughout, John and his giant puppets kept the audience involved, giving the street play an extempore feel.’
    • ‘The original kayak, though, was an amazing piece of extempore engineering.’
    • ‘In any event, it was a bravura performance, a long extempore speech, apparently pulled out of thin air.’
    • ‘This is followed by a one-minute extempore speech on a topic given by the company.’
    • ‘Some of them knew how to cast a spell on their audience by delivering a speech extempore.’
    • ‘Thus from the same date or a little later we find ‘voluntary’ used for any extempore performance on any instrument.’
    • ‘Their worship is spontaneous, with emphasis on extempore prayer, believer's baptism, and the Lord's supper.’
    • ‘The practice generally is - apart, perhaps, from the extempore decisions in the Magistrates' Courts - for judges to impose sentences which are reasoned and reasonable.’
    impromptu, spontaneous, unscripted, ad lib
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  • Without preparation.

    • ‘he recited the poem extempore’
    spontaneously, extemporaneously, ad lib
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Mid 16th century from Latin ex tempore ‘on the spur of the moment’ (literally ‘out of the time’).