• (noun): An infectious viral disease occurring in dogs, characterized by loss of appetite, a catarrhal discharge from the eyes and nose, vomiting, fever, lethargy, partial paralysis caused by destruction of myelinated nerve tissue, and sometimes death. Also called canine distemper.
  • (noun): A similar viral disease of cats characterized by fever, vomiting, diarrhea leading to dehydration, and sometimes death. Also called feline distemper, panleukopenia.
  • (noun): Any of various similar mammalian diseases.
  • (noun): An illness or disease; an ailment: "He died . . . of a broken heart, a distemper which kills many more than is generally imagined” ( Henry Fielding).
  • (noun): Ill humor; testiness.
  • (noun): Disorder or disturbance, especially of a social or political nature.
  • (verb-transitive): To put out of order.
  • (verb-transitive): Archaic To unsettle; derange.
  • (noun): A process of painting in which pigments are mixed with water and a glue-size or casein binder, used for flat wall decoration or scenic and poster painting.
  • (noun): The paint used in this process.
  • (noun): A painting made by this process.
  • (verb-transitive): To mix (powdered pigments or colors) with water and size.
  • (verb-transitive): To paint (a work) in distemper.

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  • (noun): a method of painting in which the pigments are mixed with water and a binder; used for painting posters or murals or stage scenery
  • (noun): a painting created with paint that is made by mixing the pigments with water and a binder
  • (noun): paint made by mixing the pigments with water and a binder
  • (noun): an angry and disagreeable mood
  • (noun): any of various infectious viral diseases of animals
  • (verb): paint with distemper

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  • – They will not only ask what produced a scar, but they will insist upon knowing how long you have been troubled with it, whether the distemper is hereditary in your family, and whether you ever expect it will appear again.

  • Giotto painted upon wood, and in "distemper" -- the mixture of colour with egg or some other jelly-like substance.

  • Robert Dossie described three categories of watercolor painting — miniature, the most delicate; distemper, which is coarser, uses less expensive colors in a glue or casein binder, and is appropriate for canvas hangings, ceilings, and other interior decorative painting purposes; and fresco. reference As a technique practiced by the Romans, fresco painting was a subject of particularly interest in the antiquity-obsessed eighteenth-century.

  • As I was working my way through this novel, a serendipitous but calamitous event occurred: strangles an equine disease also known as distemper infected a stable run by a good friend of mine.

  • It was a relapse of its former distemper, that is, of the bite of the mad-dog.

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