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distemper

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1distemper

verb dis·tem·per \dis-ˈtem-pər\

Definition of DISTEMPER

transitive verb
1
:  to throw out of order
2
archaic :  derange, unsettle

Origin of DISTEMPER

Middle English distempren, from Late Latin distemperare to temper badly, from Latin dis- + temperare to temper
First Known Use: 14th century

2distemper

noun

Definition of DISTEMPER

1
:  bad humor or temper
2
:  a disordered or abnormal bodily state especially of quadruped mammals: as
a :  a highly contagious virus disease of canines and especially of dogs that is caused by a morbillivirus (species Canine distemper virus) and is marked by fever, leukopenia, and respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurological symptoms —called also canine distemper
b :  strangles
c :  panleukopenia
3
:  ailment, disorder <vice and folly are situated not in human nature … but in distempers of intellect — George Stade>
dis·tem·per·ate \-p(ə-)rət\ adjective

First Known Use of DISTEMPER

1546

3distemper

noun

Definition of DISTEMPER

1
:  a process of painting in which the pigments are mixed with an emulsion of egg yolk, with size, or with white of egg as a vehicle and which is used for painting scenery and murals
2
a :  the paint or the prepared ground used in the distemper process
b :  a painting done in distemper
3
:  any of various water-based paints

Origin of DISTEMPER

obsolete distemper, verb, to dilute, mix to produce distemper, from Middle English, from Anglo-French destemprer, from Latin dis- + temperare
First Known Use: 1632

4distemper

verb

Definition of DISTEMPER

transitive verb
:  to paint in or with distemper

First Known Use of DISTEMPER

circa 1873

distemper

noun dis·tem·per \dis-ˈtem-pər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DISTEMPER

:  a disordered or abnormal bodily state especially of quadruped mammals: as a :  a highly contagious virus disease especially of dogs that is marked by fever, leukopenia, and respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurological symptoms and that is caused by a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus (species Canine distemper virus)—called also canine distemper b :  strangles c :  panleukopenia d :  a severe frequently fatal infectious nasopharyngeal inflammation of rabbits

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