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Synonyms for distemper

any of various infectious viral diseases of animals

paint made by mixing the pigments with water and a binder

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a painting created with paint that is made by mixing the pigments with water and a binder

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a method of painting in which the pigments are mixed with water and a binder

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paint with distemper

References in classic literature ?
At the sight of the sea, her memory recalled the walk in the garden overnight, and the picture which her distempered fancy had painted on the black void.
The airy phantoms that flit before the distempered imaginations of some of its adversaries would quickly give place to the more substantial forms of dangers, real, certain, and formidable.
An excited and highly distempered ideality threw a sulphureous lustre over all.
After a moment's silence, the lady inquired, "Do you know, my dear count," she said, "that you are a very terrible reasoner, and that you look at the world through a somewhat distempered medium?
I repeat, therefore, that it must have been simply a freak of my own fancy, distempered by good Captain Hardy's green tea.