frigidity: in sex, the failure to become sexually aroused or passionate. Traditionally, it has been applied chiefly to women but now is considered too imprecise, unscientific and judgmental. Prefered are the terms "situationally anorgasmic" or "pre-orgasmic."

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Fri*gid"i*ty (?), n. [L. frigiditas: cf. F. frigidit'e.]


The condition or quality of being frigid; coldness; want of warmth.

Ice is water congealed by the frigidity of the air. Sir T. Browne.


Want of ardor, animation, vivacity, etc.; coldness of affection or of manner; dullness; stiffness and formality; as, frigidity of a reception, of a bow, etc.


Want of heat or vigor; as, the frigidity of old age.


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