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

Examples of frigidity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the final pages, the novel’s full store of frigidity seems to have spilled from one tap. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2022 Outside of the soccer bubble, the frigidity of Wednesday night has brought others to attention. Michael Arace, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2022 Yet the effect is of the gentle quiet of snowfall, rather than the lethal frigidity of an icicle. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 During last month's cold spell, which covered much of the nation, a local newspaper in Texas looked north for advice on how to deal with the unaccustomed frigidity. Star Tribune, 6 Mar. 2021 Eggleston, 60, has worked in subzero frigidity and in blistering sunshine. Washington Post, 18 July 2019 What was once a symbol of frigidity is becoming the new normal. Kristen Lopez, Vox, 28 July 2018 Ozon’s exploration of hysteria and frigidity feels tiresome and very male. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, 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, 15 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of frigidity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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