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[fri-jid-i-tee] /frɪˈdʒɪd ɪ ti/
the state or condition of being frigid.
(in women) inhibition, not caused by a physical disorder or medication, of sexual excitement during sexual activity.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English frigidite coldness (< Middle French fregidité) < Late Latin frīgiditās; see frigid, -ity
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nonfrigidity, noun
unfrigidity, noun Unabridged
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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 fri·gid·i·ty (frĭ-jĭd'ĭ-tē)
The state of marked or abnormal sexual indifference.

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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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