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adj. Archaic

[Latin extemporālis, from ex tempore; see extempore.]


archaic done or said without premeditation, impromptu


(ɪkˈstɛm pər əl)

adj. Archaic.
[1560–70; < Latin extemporālis. See extempore, -al1]
ex•tem′po•ral•ly, adv.
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Fennor's professed talent, clearly, lay in extemporal rhyme--"I'll ryme with any man that breath[e]s this day," he asserts, "Vpon a subject in extempore, / Or else be blotted from all memorie, / For any wager dare ingaged be"--and this is the skill he claims to have displayed when formerly he "chaleng'd Kendall on the Fortune Stage":
The railing, extemporal vein that he pioneers feeds into the early work of Shakespeare; The Taming of the Shrew is, in Brown's view, a thoroughly Nashean work.
The prose that follows further fills in Ike's extemporal fantasy with "tall unaxed trees and sightless brakes where the wild strong immortal game ran forever before the tireless belling immortal hounds, falling and rising phoenix-like to the soundless guns" ("Delta Autumn," GDM 337-38), an immortal landscape that Richard Godden identifies as a "Keatsian frieze" (4).
Thus it qualifies as improvisation in action, as an extemporal act relying on the shared availability of all external signs impacting the inner world of the poet and manifesting itself in a responsive mode, which ultimately leaves behind the poetic creation in the linguistic signs.
But if I come to pray or to preach without this kind of Idea, if I come to extemporal prayer, and extemporal preaching, I shall come to an extemporal faith, and extemporal religion; and then I must look for an extemporal Heaven, a Heaven to be made for me; for to that Heaven which belongs to the Catholic Church, I shall never come, except I go by the way of the Catholic Church, by former Ideas, former examples, former patterns.