- Also called canine distemper. an infectious disease chiefly of young dogs, caused by an unidentified virus and characterized by lethargy, fever, catarrh, photophobia, and vomiting.
- Also called colt distemper, equine distemper, strangles. an infectious disease of horses, caused by the bacillus Streptococcus equi and characterized by catarrh of the upper air passages and the formation of pus in the submaxillary and other lymphatic glands.
- Also called cat distemper, feline agranulocytosis, feline distemper, feline infectious enteritis, feline panleukopenia. a usually fatal viral disease of cats, characterized by fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, leading to severe dehydration.
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OTHER WORDS FROM distemperdis·tem·pered·ly, adverbdis·tem·pered·ness, noun
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- a technique of decorative painting in which glue or gum is used as a binder or medium to achieve a mat surface and rapid drying.
- (formerly) the tempera technique.
How to use distemper in a sentence
This quote is supposed to confirm Thatcher as an anti-social radical individualist of the Ayn Rand distemper.Context for Margaret Thatcher's 'There is No Such Thing as Society' Remarks|David Frum|April 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This joint is commonly used for walls intended to be coated with distemper or limewhite.
My late distemper of heat and itching being come upon me again, so that I must think of sweating again as I did before.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete|Samuel Pepys
This malignant distemper had destroyed numbers of prisoners during the preceding years.My Ten Years' Imprisonment|Silvio Pellico
Uncle Giles told them one mare had buck-eye poison and the other distemper.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves|Work Projects Administration
Cats attacked in this way are called, by the natives, azorochados, and antimony is alleged to be the cause of the distemper.