frigidity

[fri-jid-i-tee]

noun

the state or condition of being frigid.
(in women) inhibition, not caused by a physical disorder or medication, of sexual excitement during sexual activity.

Nearby words

  1. frightfully,
  2. frigid,
  3. frigid zone,
  4. frigidaire,
  5. frigidarium,
  6. frigidly,
  7. frigidoreceptor,
  8. frigorific,
  9. frijol,
  10. frijole

Origin of frigidity

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

Related formsnon·fri·gid·i·ty, nounun·fri·gid·i·ty, noun

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Word Origin and History for frigidity

frigidity

n.

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

Medicine definitions for frigidity

frigidity

[frĭ-jĭdĭ-tē]

n.

The state of marked or abnormal sexual indifference.

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