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Definition of Distemper

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paint using whitewash; paint a painting using the distemper technique
whitewash; decorative painting technique in which glue or gum is used to achieve a matte surface; infectious and often fatal disease (mainly of dogs, horses, and cats)
Distemper Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To temper or mix unduly; to make disproportionate; to change the due proportions of.
  
(v. t.)
To mix (colors) in the way of distemper; as, to distemper colors with size.
  
(v. t.)
To intoxicate.
  
(v. t.)
To derange the functions of, whether bodily, mental, or spiritual; to disorder; to disease.
  
(v. t.)
To deprive of temper or moderation; to disturb; to ruffle; to make disaffected, ill-humored, or malignant.
  
(v. t.)
Severity of climate; extreme weather, whether hot or cold.
  
(v. t.)
Political disorder; tumult.
  
(v. t.)
Morbid temper of the mind; undue predominance of a passion or appetite; mental derangement; bad temper; ill humor.
  
(v. t.)
An undue or unnatural temper, or disproportionate mixture of parts.
  
(v. t.)
A preparation of opaque or body colors, in which the pigments are tempered or diluted with weak glue or size (cf. Tempera) instead of oil, usually for scene painting, or for walls and ceilings of rooms.
  
(v. t.)
A painting done with this preparation.
  
(v. t.)
A morbid state of the animal system; indisposition; malady; disorder; -- at present chiefly applied to diseases of brutes; as, a distemper in dogs; the horse distemper; the horn distemper in cattle.
  
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distemper
\dis*tem"per\ (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. distempered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. distempering.] [of. destemprer, destremper, to distemper, f. détremper to soak, soften, slake (lime); pref. des- (l. dis-) + of. temprer, tremper, f. tremper, l. temperare to mingle in due proportion. see temper, and cf. destemprer.]
1. to temper or mix unduly; to make disproportionate; to change the due proportions of. [obs.] when the humors in his body ben distempered.
2. to derange the functions of, whether bodily, mental, or spiritual; to disorder; to disease. the imagination, when completely distempered, is the most incurable of all disordered faculties.
3. to deprive of temper or moderation; to disturb; to ruffle; to make disaffected, ill-humored, or malignant. "distempered spirits."
4. to intoxicate. [r.] the courtiers reeling, and the duke himself, i dare not say distempered, but kind, and in his tottering chair carousing.
5. (paint.) to mix (colors) in the way of distemper; as, to distemper colors with size. [r.]
distemper
\dis*tem"per\, n. [see distemper, v. t., and cf. destemprer.] 1. an undue or unnatural temper, or disproportionate mixture of parts.
note: this meaning and most of the following are to be referred to the galenical doctrine of the four "humors" in man. see humor. according to the old physicians, these humors, when unduly tempered, produce a disordered state of body and mind.
2. severity of climate; extreme weather, whether hot or cold. [obs.] those countries under the tropic, were of a distemper uninhabitable. w. raleigh.
3. a morbid state of the animal system; indisposition; malady; disorder; -- at present chiefly applied to diseases of brutes; as, a distemper in dogs; the horse distemper; the horn distemper in cattle. they heighten distempers to diseases.
4. morbid temper of the mind; undue predominance of a passion or appetite; mental derangement; bad temper; ill humor. [obs.] little faults proceeding on distemper. some frenzy distemper had got into his head.
5. political disorder; tumult.
6. (paint.) (a) a preparation of opaque or body colors, in which the pigments are tempered or diluted with weak glue or size (cf. tempera) instead of oil, usually for scene painting, or for walls and ceilings of rooms. (b) a painting done with this preparation.


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 horn distemper 
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A disease or malady.
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Echrysiant = n. a malignant distemper
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. any of various infectious viral diseases of animals
(hypernym) animal disease
(hyponym) canine distemper
2. an angry and disagreeable mood
(synonym) ill humor, ill humour
(hypernym) temper, mood, humor, humour
(hyponym) moodiness
3. paint made by mixing the pigments with water and a binder
(hypernym) paint
4. a painting created by distemper
(hypernym) painting, picture
5. a method of painting in which the pigments are mixed with water and a binder; used for painting posters or murals or stage scenery
(hypernym) painting

Verb
1. paint with distemper
(hypernym) paint
(classification) art, artistic creation, artistic production
Distemper Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Distemper may refer to:
  • A viral infection
    • Canine distemper, a disease of dogs
    • Feline distemper, a disease of cats
    • Phocine distemper, a disease of seals
  • A bacterial infection
    • Equine distemper, or Strangles, a bacterial infection of the horse
  • Derangement or disturbance of the humour or "temper", in pre-modern medicine
  • Distemper (paint)
  • Distemper (band), a Russian ska punk band
  • Distemper (album), by The New Christs
  • Remix dystemper, a remix album by Skinny Puppy

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