distemper

Part of speech: verb

To intoxicate.

Part of speech: verb

To affect with disease.

Part of speech: verb

To anger; ruffle.

Part of speech: noun

A malady, as of brutes.

Part of speech: noun

Ill humor; disturbance.

Part of speech: noun

Water - color, as for scene - painting, or the painting so executed.

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Usage examples "distemper":

  1. That she may bear my distemper. - "The Way of the Gods", John Luther Long.
  2. A strain of hereditary disease, lurking in his constitution from the first, was developed by over- exertion and aggravated by mischance, so that he never lived to be himself; and from about his twenty- fourth birthday his utterances are those of one struggling in vain against a hopeless distemper both of body and mind. - "Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends", John Keats.
  3. It has, however, in a great measure been owing to such little innovations that I have always kept my people, generally speaking, free from that dreadful distemper, the Scurvy. - "The Life of Captain James Cook", Arthur Kitson.