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  1. a distempered or disordered condition; disturbance of health, mind, or temper.
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Origin of distemperature

1525–35; obsolete distemperate (dis-1 + temperate) + -ure
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  • Then, in addition to these absolute weaknesses, come the disproportions of the body, the distemperature of various organs.

    A Man's Value to Society

    Newell Dwight Hillis

  • By this distemperature of weather much cattel perished, much corne vpon the ground was either destroyed, or greatly empaired.

  • Many and various were the conjectures of the guests, concerning a distemperature which seemed rather mental than corporeal.

    The Pirate

    Sir Walter Scott

  • A slight incident occurred, however, which sprinkled a little patience on the heat of his distemperature.

    The Antiquary, Complete

    Sir Walter Scott