distemperature

distemperature

(dɪsˈtɛmprɪtʃə)
n
1. an excess of heat or cold
2. (of the body or mind) a distempered condition
3. archaic disturbance; disorder
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Because she emphasizes that it is entirely possible for the "passions of the mind" to provoke the "distemperature" (153) of the body rather than the other way around, Fitzherbert's account of her illness complicates recent analysis of the early modern emotions in provocative and interesting ways.
And through this distemperature, we see The season's alter: hoary-headed frosts Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose And on old Hiems' chinne and icy crown An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds Is, as in mockery set; the spring the summer, The chiding autumn, angry winter, change Their wonted liveries; and the mazed world, By their increase, not knows not which is which.
(86.) Line 514 distemperature ] distempered condition; perhaps, ironically, loss of sexual heat.