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  • n. The state of being frigid; coldness; lack of heat.
  • n. Coldness of feeling, manner or quality; lack of ardor, animation or vivacity; chilliness; dullness.
  • n. Want of natural heat and vigor of body; impotency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition or quality of being frigid; coldness; want of warmth.
  • n. Want of ardor, animation, vivacity, etc.; coldness of affection or of manner; dullness; stiffness and formality
  • n. Want of heat or vigor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Coldness; want of heat.
  • n. Coldness of feeling, manner, or quality; want of ardor, animation, or vivacity in action or manifestation; chilliness; dullness.
  • n. Want of natural heat and vigor of body; impotency.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sexual unresponsiveness (especially of women) and inability to achieve orgasm during intercourse
  • n. the absence of heat
  • n. a lack of affection or enthusiasm


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  • According to the 2008 book Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach, Marie first consulted Sigmund Freud for treatment of what she described as her frigidity, which was later described as a failure to have orgasms during missionary position intercourse.

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  • Blaming Genes: From the "Our Genes are Our Destiny" department comes a London survey that claims frigidity is genetic:

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  • The word frigidity means coldness, and when a woman has no desire for sexual relations or experiences no pleasure when she has sexual relations, she is said to be frigid.

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  • Of the hot weather that you mention, we have [not] had in Derbyshire very much, and for myself I seldom feel heat, and suppose that my frigidity is the effect of my distemper; a supposition which naturally leads me to hope that a hotter climate may be useful.

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  • In Couples, however, it is ultimately the community that rots under the weight of accumulated fornication: wives go to therapy to understand their unhappiness aka, "frigidity" and one ultimately work up the courage to leave her husband.

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  • The mildness of the climate seemed to have a tendency to melt away that frigidity which is a characteristic of people of the north, and the residents of the island were as frank, free, and hospitable as if they had never been out of the tropics.

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  • He was disturbed not only by the cocksureness of natural science and the narrowness of reality-aping art; even more, he was horrified by the dissolution of personality and the frigidity which issued from scepticism, by the desiccation of imagination and emotional life in a world which at best had faith only in a collective and automatic progression to the sacred land of

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  • In earlier versions of the DSM, sexual dysfunction in women was simply labeled as "frigidity," but when William Masters and Virginia

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  • Of women worried about "frigidity" and of their men, who worried about it even more.

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  • Clearly, a pedant's thoughts, which begin in learned trifling and end in frigidity.

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