One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Emotionally or psychologically disturbed.‘her performance counterbalances his distempered Beaumont’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Saw I him so touched with anger, so distempered.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Symptomatic of a general moral and psychological debility.‘this distempered fog, this old corruption of the nation’
- ‘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’.’
- ‘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’.’
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