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frigidity

[fri-jid-i-tee] /frɪˈdʒɪd ɪ ti/
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 of frigidity
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English frigidite coldness (< Middle French fregidité) < Late Latin frīgiditās; see frigid, -ity
Related forms
nonfrigidity, noun
unfrigidity, noun
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  • When the balance hangs in doubt between the adventurousness of vanity and the frigidity of fear, ever incline to the latter side.

    Four Early Pamphlets William Godwin
  • At the house is formality and frigidity; at the home is ease and enjoyment.

    Evening Round Up William Crosbie Hunter
  • "Nobody," he replied with the frigidity of him who fears that he has said too much.

    Snnica Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • But "the frigidity of the modern productions" was "inherent."

    Four Americans Henry A. Beers
  • After two hours of frigidity and immobility, we heard the velvet footfalls of bear coming up the canyon.

  • His frigidity froze most people if he chose; and avoidance was not difficult.

    The Rhodesian Gertrude Page
  • The frigidity and dryness of the exclamation Littleton ascribed to Selma's intuitive enmity to the vanities of life.

    Unleavened Bread Robert Grant
  • frigidity had settled, and hostility had been arrested only by indifference.

    Some Short Stories Henry James
  • It must not, however, be supposed that this view of the natural tendency of women to frigidity has everywhere found acceptance.

  • We may assert, also, that the Bible saves education from frigidity.

    The Bible and Life Edwin Holt Hughes
Word Origin and History for frigidity
n.

early 15c., from Middle French frigidité (15c.), from Late Latin frigiditatem (nominative frigiditas) "the cold," from Latin frigidus "cold" (see frigid).

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frigidity in Medicine

frigidity fri·gid·i·ty (frĭ-jĭd'ĭ-tē)
n.
The state of marked or abnormal sexual indifference.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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