Distemperature Dis*tem"per*a*ture (?; 135), n. 1. Bad temperature; intemperateness; excess of heat or cold, or of other qualities; as, the distemperature of the air. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. Disorder; confusion. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Disorder of body; slight illness; distemper. [1913 Webster]

A huge infectious troop Of pale distemperatures and foes to life. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Perturbation of mind; mental uneasiness. [1913 Webster]

Sprinkled a little patience on the heat of his distemperature. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

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