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From Middle English frigiditee, frigidite, a borrowing from Middle French frigidité, itself a borrowing from Latin frīgiditātem, accusative of Latin frīgiditās.


frigidity (countable and uncountable, plural frigidities)

  1. The state of being frigid; coldness; lack of heat.
  2. Coldness of feeling, manner or quality; lack of ardor, animation or vivacity.
    Synonyms: chilliness, dullness
  3. Lack of natural heat and vigor of body; impotency.


  • frigidity in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911