fri·​gid·​i·​ty | \ fri-ˈji-də-tē How to pronounce frigidity (audio) \

Definition of frigidity

: the quality or state of being frigid specifically : marked or abnormal sexual indifference especially in a woman

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Recent Examples on the Web Eggleston, 60, has worked in subzero frigidity and in blistering sunshine. Washington Post, "As the mercury rises, area residents seek water and places to stay cool," 18 July 2019 What was once a symbol of frigidity is becoming the new normal. Kristen Lopez, Vox, "The Parent Trap, Meredith Blake, and the ongoing reclamation of “bitch”," 28 July 2018 Ozon’s exploration of hysteria and frigidity feels tiresome and very male. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Yes, Twin Brothers Make Out in Double Lover," 16 Feb. 2018 In that wintry frigidity, firefighters from Company 30 in Prince George’s County rescued a cold brown dog from a very cold creek, according to fire department spokesman Mark E. Brady. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Season’s first snow in Washington on a work day falls on a cold Friday," 15 Dec. 2017 These muddled concepts found furious expression in Browning's original story for The Unknown, a lurid tale of frigidity and castration anxiety. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Studies in repressed sexuality: Lon Chaney’s The Unknown and Boris Karloff’s The Old Dark House," 26 Oct. 2017 But the corona — which streams into the frigidity of space — blazes at millions of degrees, or exactly the opposite of the differential that would be expected. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "How the Solar Eclipse Could Help Us Solve a Mystery About the Sun," 19 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of frigidity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Frigidity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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fri·​gid·​i·​ty | \ frij-ˈid-ət-ē How to pronounce frigidity (audio) \
plural frigidities

Medical Definition of frigidity

: marked or abnormal sexual indifference especially in a woman

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