a distempered or disordered condition; disturbance of health, mind, or temper.
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How to use distemperature in a sentence
By this distemperature of weather much cattel perished, much corne vpon the ground was either destroyed, or greatly empaired.
A slight incident occurred, however, which sprinkled a little patience on the heat of his distemperature.The Antiquary, Complete | Sir Walter Scott
Many and various were the conjectures of the guests, concerning a distemperature which seemed rather mental than corporeal.The Pirate | Sir Walter Scott
Thus a simple distemperature of the brain might be 'an excess of heat'; a compound one, 'an excess of heat and moisture.'Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales | Geoffrey Chaucer
To these numerous and complicated diseases of the body, many had superadded distemperature of the mind.