But in what way will these things appear to the individual with an ailing body and a distempered brain?
Yes, this was no dream of a distempered digestion, but sober reality.
Can the brain or can it not act in this distempered way without the intervention of the immortal reason?
Most of the houses are of distempered rose-colour at the top and moss-green at the bottom.
The bare room, with tattered oilcloth and damp, distempered walls, has an air of tidy wretchedness.
His attitudes, too, are those of a troubled and distempered man.
They had much to tell, and when Stafford slept that night there came to him no vexing or distempered dreams.
He fell in his own good opinion, at this inconsistency of his distempered fancy.
They are like a sore, distempered body; you can scarce touch them but you hurt them.
He fancied he was delirious, and had distempered visions of the food so long desired.
1550s, from distemper (v.); in reference to a disease of dogs, from 1747.
distemper dis·tem·per (dĭs-těm'pər)
An infectious viral disease occurring in dogs, characterized by loss of appetite, a catarrhal discharge from the eyes and nose, vomiting, partial paralysis, and sometimes death.
A similar viral disease of cats characterized by fever, vomiting, diarrhea leading to dehydration, and sometimes death.
Any of various similar mammalian diseases.