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  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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for frigidity

aloofness, coldness, indifference, stiffness

Examples from the Web for frigidity

Historical Examples of frigidity

  • To no end did Barrington exert himself to conceal or counteract this frigidity.


    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

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

frigidity in Medicine


  1. The state of marked or abnormal sexual indifference.
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