What does the word distemper mean?

Usage examples for distemper

  1. That she may bear my distemper. – The Way of the Gods by 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 by 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 by Arthur Kitson