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distemper

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verb dis·tem·per \dis-ˈtem-pər\

Definition of distemper

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to throw out of order

  3. 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


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distemper

noun dis·tem·per

Definition of distemper

  1. 1 :  bad humor or temper

  2. 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. 3 :  ailment, disorder <vice and folly are situated not in human nature … but in distempers of intellect — George Stade>

dis·tem·per·ate play \-p(ə-)rət\ adjective


1546

First Known Use of distemper

1546


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distemper

noun dis·tem·per

Definition of distemper

  1. 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. 2 a :  the paint or the prepared ground used in the distemper process b :  a painting done in distemper

  3. 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


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distemper

verb dis·tem·per

Definition of distemper

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to paint in or with distemper



Circa 1873

First Known Use of distemper

circa 1873


Medical Dictionary

distemper

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noun dis·tem·per \dis-ˈtem-pər\

Medical Definition of distemper

  1. :  a disordered or abnormal bodily state especially of quadruped mammals: asa:  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 distemperb:  stranglesc:  panleukopeniad:  a severe frequently fatal infectious nasopharyngeal inflammation of rabbits





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