distemper distemper  /dɪs ˈtɛm pər/


  1. (n) any of various infectious viral diseases of animals
  2. (n) an angry and disagreeable mood
  3. (n) paint made by mixing the pigments with water and a binder
  4. (n) a painting created with paint that is made by mixing the pigments with water and a binder
  5. (n) a method of painting in which the pigments are mixed with water and a binder; used for painting posters or murals or stage scenery
  6. (v) paint with distemper



  1. Just as there is no cure for epilepsy, there is none for distemper, scourge of dogs.
  2. Dogs droop and often die of distemper, a virus disease which affects them very much as influenza affects human beings.
  3. It was, so to speak, more muted and pastoral: harmless scratches, small obscenities, chalk on Roman distemper.


  1. County offers distemper clinic after spring outbreak

    A distemper outbreak that hit Allen earlier this year has settled down, but Collin County is helping guard against the highly contagious virus by hosting a low-cost vaccination clinic on Saturday.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: The Allen American

  2. Collin County Hosts Distemper Vaccination Clinic

    Collin County is hosting a distemper vaccination clinic to prevent the virus in household pets. Photo Credit: NBC 5
    on June 21, 2013     Source: NBC Dallas Fort Worth

  3. Corona authorities warn of distemper-infected raccoons

    Pet owners throughout Corona were advised today to ensure their dogs and cats are vaccinated for distemper following confirmation that a dying raccoon was infected with the disease.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Southwest Riverside News Network


  1. In 1602, Shakespeare wrote that Queen Gertrude told Hamlet: "O gentle son, Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper, Sprinkle cool patience."
    on Feb 10, 2006 By: William Shakespeare Source: CBS News

  2. Baxter said: "It was the dog's first and last TV appearance. Two days later she died of distemper."
    on Sep 1, 2008 By: Biddy Baxter Source: Telegraph.co.uk

  3. "The whole environment isn't conducive to adoption," Franklin said. "It's just not a positive experience because of the distemper and parvovirus. The last thing they want is to adopt a sick dog."
    on Aug 20, 2008 By: Kirk Franklin Source: Galveston County Daily News

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