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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.
Origin of frigidity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English frigidite coldness (< Middle French fregidité) < Late Latin frīgiditās; see frigid, -ity
Related forms
nonfrigidity, noun
unfrigidity, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for frigidity
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  • To no end did Barrington exert himself to conceal or counteract this frigidity.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • At the house is formality and frigidity; at the home is ease and enjoyment.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter
  • But "the frigidity of the modern productions" was "inherent."

    Four Americans Henry A. Beers
  • His frigidity froze most people if he chose; and avoidance was not difficult.

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page
  • Moonlight, therefore, frequently involves the idea of frigidity.

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
  • frigidity had settled, and hostility had been arrested only by indifference.

    Some Short Stories Henry James
  • Most of the other kinds of frigidity, however, can be cured.


    William J. Robinson
  • Julien was rewarded for the frigidity which he put into those words.

  • But I hate the frigidity of the style in which I am forced to address him.

  • The lady's manner was a happy mixture of frigidity and crossness.

Word Origin and History for frigidity

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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frigidity in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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