1 any of various infectious viral diseases of animals
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
- Rhymes: -ɛmpə(r)
- 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.
Distemper can refer to
- A viral infection
- A bacterial
- Equine distemper, or Strangles, a bacterial infection of the horse
- Derangement or disturbance of the humour or 'temper', according to pre-modern medicine.
- Distemper (paint)
- Distemper (band), a Russian ska punk band
- Distemper (Album by New Christs)
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