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distemper

noun

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an abnormal state that disrupts a plant's or animal's normal bodily functioning
  • contracted some tropical distemper while he was doing research in the jungles of Borneo

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distemper

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of distemper (Entry 2 of 2)

to trouble the mind of; to make uneasy
  • despite his career success, he has been distempered by nagging feelings of inadequacy his whole life

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“Distemper.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/distemper. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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