Definition of distempered in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈstɛmpəːd/


1Emotionally or psychologically disturbed: her performance counterbalances his distempered Beaumont
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  • Saw I him so touched with anger, so distempered.
  • I cannot but admire, that any should go with their distempered friends and relations to the afflicted children, to know what their distempered friends ail.
  • The second group, mainly a distempered and impassioned crew that just so happens to include myself, extols 10,000 Hz Legend as the band's true high-water mark.
1.1Symptomatic of a general moral and psychological debility: this distempered fog, this old corruption of the nation
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  • It's the usual deranged and distempered prose, except there's something rather amusing this time: Richard throws in a few rants about ‘mini nukes’.
  • A cleaning woman is tearing a strip off him; the patients stare at his barren, distempered office.
  • The narrator describes his successive days with Usher and his artmaking thus: ‘An excited and highly distempered ideality threw a sulphurous luster over all’.
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