Distemper meaning

dĭs-tĕmpər
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Disorder or disturbance, especially of a social or political nature.
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To put out of order.
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(archaic) To unsettle; derange.
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Ill humor; testiness.
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To paint (a work) in distemper.
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(obs.) To make bad-tempered; disturb; ruffle.
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To upset or unbalance the functions of; derange; disorder.
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A mental or physical derangement or disorder; disease.
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Civil disorder or turmoil.
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The definition of distemper is to upset the balance or change the order, or to mix paint with a binding agent.

An example of distemper is to throw someone completely off schedule.

An example of distemper is to mix paint with water and glue.

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Distemper is defined as a mental or physical disease, particularly in animals . Distemper is defined as a method of painting done with paint and a binding agent or such a painting.

An example of a distemper is schizophrenia.

An example of a distemper is a painting made with paint mixed with glue.

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An illness or disease; an ailment.
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A painting made by this process.
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To mix (powdered pigments or colors) with water and size.
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Any of several infectious diseases of animals, characterized by rhinitis, fever, etc.
  • An infectious viral disease of young dogs.
  • Strangles, a disease of horses.
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To mix (colors or pigments) with water and glue, size, or some other binding medium.
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To paint with such a mixture.
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A method of painting using distempered pigment, as for wall decoration.
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A painting done in this way.
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Distempered paint.
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Any of various water-based paints, as whitewash, calcimine, etc.
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Any of various infectious diseases of animals, especially.
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An infectious disease occurring especially in dogs, caused by the canine distemper virus of the genus Morbillivirus. It is characterized by loss of appetite, a discharge from the eyes and nose, vomiting, fever, lethargy, partial paralysis caused by destruction of myelinated nerve tissue, and sometimes death.
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An infectious disease of cats caused by the feline panleukopenia virus of the genus Parvovirus, characterized by fever, vomiting, diarrhea leading to dehydration, and sometimes death.
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(pathology) A viral disease of animals, such as dogs and cats, characterised by fever, coughing and catarrh.
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(archaic) A disorder of the humours of the body; a disease.
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A water-based paint.
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A painting produced with this kind of paint.
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To temper or mix unduly; to make disproportionate; to change the due proportions of.

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To derange the functions of, whether bodily, mental, or spiritual; to disorder; to disease.

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To deprive of temper or moderation; to disturb; to ruffle; to make disaffected, ill-humoured, or malignant.
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To paint using distemper.
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To mix (colours) in the way of distemper.

To distemper colors with size.

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Origin of distemper

  • From Middle English distemperen to upset the balance of the humors from Old French destemprer to disturb from Late Latin distemperāre Latin dis- dis- Latin temperāre to mix properly

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English distemperen to dilute distemper1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French destemprer, from Latin distemperare

    From Wiktionary