Definition Of destemper

noun

a kind of paint using glue or size instead of an oil base, for use on walls or for scene-painting.

The kitchen gleamed from the distemper Dad had painted on its walls in contrasting shades of green and pink.

a viral disease of some animals, especially dogs, causing fever, coughing, and catarrh.

For example, parvovirus, distemper and rabies are diseases that can be vaccinated against.

paint (something) with distemper.

the distempered roof timbers

political disorder.

an attempt to illuminate the moral roots of the modern world's distemper

Example Of destemper

  • an attempt to illuminate the moral roots of the modern world's distemper

  • Another reason for stalemate (or decline, as the case may be) in the stock market is the political distemper created by the major political parties.

  • At the heart of the book is James's description of the democratic temperament, which I take to be a healthy corrective to the distemper that characterizes so much of politics today.

  • At the nearby Scott Base, seals are infected with canine distemper , a virus passed to them by researchers' dogs.

  • At Wissett Lodge, her rented home in Suffolk, she and Duncan distempered the walls a brilliant blue, and dyed the chair-covers with coloured ink.


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