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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Distemper  \Dis*tem"per\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Distempered};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Distempering}.]  [OF.  destemprer,  destremper,  to 
  distemper,  F.  d['e]tremper  to  soak,  soften,  slake  (lime); 
  pref.  des-  (L.  dis-)  +  OF  temprer,  tremper,  F.  tremper,  L. 
  temperare  to  mingle  in  due  proportion.  See  {Temper},  and  cf 
  {Destemprer}.] 
  1.  To  temper  or  mix  unduly;  to  make  disproportionate;  to 
  change  the  due  proportions  of  [Obs.] 
 
  When  .  .  .  the  humors  in  his  body  ben  distempered. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  To  derange  the  functions  of  whether  bodily,  mental,  or 
  spiritual;  to  disorder;  to  disease.  --Shak. 
 
  The  imagination,  when  completely  distempered,  is  the 
  most  incurable  of  all  disordered  faculties. 
  --Buckminster. 
 
  3.  To  deprive  of  temper  or  moderation;  to  disturb;  to  ruffle; 
  to  make  disaffected,  ill-humored,  or  malignant. 
  ``Distempered  spirits.''  --Coleridge. 
 
  4.  To  intoxicate.  [R.] 
 
  The  courtiers  reeling,  And  the  duke  himself,  I  dare 
  not  say  distempered,  But  kind  and  in  his  tottering 
  chair  carousing.  --Massinger. 
 
  5.  (Paint.)  To  mix  (colors)  in  the  way  of  distemper;  as  to 
  distemper  colors  with  size.  [R.] 




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