distemperature

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

dis- +‎ temperature

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsˈtɛmpəɹətj(ʊ)ə/

Noun[edit]

distemperature (countable and uncountable, plural distemperatures)

  1. (now rare) A state of adverse or unhealthy atmospheric conditions.
  2. (now rare) Unhealthy imbalance of bodily humours; a disorder.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970:
      , New York, 2001, p.224:
      Standing waters, thick and ill-coloured, [] cause foul distemperatures in the body and mind of man []