AskDefine | Define distemper

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1 any of various infectious viral diseases of animals
2 an angry and disagreeable mood [syn: ill humor, ill humour] [ant: good humor]
3 paint made by mixing the pigments with water and a binder
4 a painting created by distemper
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 v : paint with distemper

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  1. In the context of "pathology": A viral disease of animals, such as dogs and cats, characterised by fever, coughing and catarrh.
  2. A type of paint.


  1. to disturb and disorder, hence to make sick


  • 1592–1609: I, sick withal, the help of bath desired, / And thither hied, a sad distemper'd guest, / But found no cure: the bath for my help lies / Where Cupid got new fire--my mistress' eyes. — William Shakespeare, Sonnet CLIII.

Extensive Definition

Distemper can refer to

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