frigidity

frigidity

[fri-jid-i-tee]
noun
1.
the state or condition of being frigid.
2.
(in women) inhibition, not caused by a physical disorder or medication, of sexual excitement during sexual activity.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English frigidite coldness (< Middle French fregidité) < Late Latin frīgiditās; see frigid, -ity

nonfrigidity, noun
unfrigidity, noun
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frigid (ˈfrɪdʒɪd)
 
adj
1.  formal or stiff in behaviour or temperament; lacking in affection or warmth
2.  (esp of a woman)
 a.  lacking sexual responsiveness
 b.  averse to sexual intercourse or unable to achieve orgasm during intercourse
3.  characterized by physical coldness: a frigid zone
 
[C15: from Latin frigidus cold, from frīgēre to be cold, freeze; related to Latin frīgus frost]
 
fri'gidity
 
n
 
'frigidness
 
n
 
'frigidly
 
adv

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frigidity
early 15c., from Fr. frigidité, from L. frigiditatem, from frigidus (see frigid).
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frigidity fri·gid·i·ty (frĭ-jĭd'ĭ-tē)
n.
The state of marked or abnormal sexual indifference.

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frigidity

in psychology, the inability of a woman to attain orgasm during sexual intercourse. In popular, nonmedical usage the word has been used traditionally to describe a variety of behaviours, ranging from general coldness of manner or lack of interest in physical affection to aversion to the act of sexual intercourse. Because of the derogatory connotations that have become associated with the term frigidity, it has been replaced in the vocabulary of sex therapists by the general term hypogyneismus, the inability of a woman to obtain sexual satisfaction under otherwise appropriate circumstances.

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