- dis|tem|per1 «dihs TEHM puhr», noun, verb.–n.1. a) an infectious disease of dogs and other animals, accompanied by fever, a short, dry cough, and weakness. It is caused by a virus and affects chiefly young dogs. b) a serious viral disease of cats; feline enteritis: »
Kittens should get injections to protect them against distemper.c) a bacterial disease of horses; strangles.2. a sickness of the mind or body; disorder; disease: »
Of no distemper, of no blast he died (Milton).3. Figurative. disturbance. SYNONYM(S): disorder, derangement.–v.t.to make unbalanced; disturb; disorder: »
... the plight of the decent man in a sorely distempered society (Atlantic).SYNONYM(S): trouble, vex, upset.╂[Middle English destempren mix badly, or derange (the bodily humors) < Old French destemprer < Late Latin distemperāre mix improperly < Latin dis- not + temperāre mix in proper proportion]dis|tem|per2 «dihs TEHM puhr», noun, verb.–n.1. paint made by mixing the colors with eggs or glue instead of oil; tempera. Distemper is often used for painting on plaster walls.2. a method of painting with such a mixture.3. a picture painted by this method.4. British. calcimine.╂[< verb]–v.t.1. to paint in distemper.2. to mix (colors) by the distemper method.3. British. to calcimine.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.