frigidity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n frigidity a lack of affection or enthusiasm "a distressing coldness of tone and manner"
    • n frigidity the absence of heat "the coldness made our breath visible","come in out of the cold","cold is a vasoconstrictor"
    • n frigidity sexual unresponsiveness (especially of women) and inability to achieve orgasm during intercourse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Frigidity The condition or quality of being frigid; coldness; want of warmth. "Ice is water congealed by the frigidity of the air."
    • Frigidity 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.
    • Frigidity Want of heat or vigor; as, the frigidity of old age.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n frigidity Coldness; want of heat.
    • n frigidity Coldness of feeling, manner, or quality; want of ardor, animation, or vivacity in action or manifestation; chilliness; dullness.
    • n frigidity Want of natural heat and vigor of body; impotency.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Frigidity coldness: coldness of affection: want of animation
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Quotations

  • Bonstettin
    Bonstettin
    “To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love.”
  • Fanny Brice
    Fanny Brice
    “Men always fall for frigid women because they put on the best show.”
  • Julie Burchill
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    “Show me a frigid women and, nine times out of ten, I'll show you a little man.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. frigiditas,: cf. F. frigidité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. frigidusfrigēre, to be cold—frigus, cold.

Usage

In literature:

Formerly women smitten with incubacy had frigid flesh even in the month of August.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
Many authorities agree on the frigidity of the prostitute.
"Taboo and Genetics" by Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
Olivia did not know, though I did, that Julia was somewhat frigid and distant in her manner, even while thoroughly hospitable in her welcome.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
And so it was with frigidity that she inquired whether cars were to be hired.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
All this passed in a glance, but the frigid atmosphere grew no warmer for the introduction hastily effected by Gaeta.
"The Princess Passes" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
Kate was distinctly out of temper, and treated the company in general, and Eugene in particular, with frigidity.
"Father Stafford" by Anthony Hope
It was a scene of frigid desolation.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
And yet it might have left me frigid but for the artist who played Cherubino.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
The cloak saved the situation during a few frigid seconds.
"Winnie Childs" by C. N. Williamson
I put Annabel into the coach, and Miss Chantry made frigid room for me.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
No doubt they would essay a kind of frigid politeness, their social standards would enforce some show of outward courtesy to a guest.
"The Jervaise Comedy" by J. D. Beresford
Frigidity and formality were driven away by the sunshine that brightened my stay at St. Louis.
"Memories and Anecdotes" by Kate Sanborn
They then threw themselves upon the icy ground for their frigid bivouac.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
It was like a dazzling, frigid, extinct world.
"The Iron Furrow" by George C. Shedd
But surely in a class of public speakers any such tricks and schemes should be received with stolid frigidity.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
But perhaps the two greatest sinners against the code of frigid impartiality were Froude and Carlyle.
"Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913" by Evelyn Baring
Edgar Poe looked from his casement upon the splendor of the beautiful, but frigid and unsympathetic night.
"The Dreamer" by Mary Newton Stanard
The air in our buildings turned fetid and frigid; ourselves forced to the helmets.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
He reined up, and Miss Westlake greeted the pedestrians with frigid courtesy.
"The Early Bird" by George Randolph Chester
She glanced around with frigid greeting.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VII. (of X.)" by Various
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In poetry:

Turn from off her shrouded face
The frigid sheet....
Death hath doubled all her grace--
O Jenny, sweet!
"Jenny Dead" by Richard Le Gallienne
Thou frigid tyrant, dark and stern November!
We shrink before thee, and shall long remember
Thy levin fires, untimely thunder volleys,
That in dread tones rebuked our crimes and follies.
"November Findings--1862" by Janet Hamilton
Thy cloudy days and sultry nights,
And ripen'd fruits and pleasant sights,
Tell, in language plain,
That thou, whose frigid looks are seen
In blighted trees, with yellow, green,
Hath call'd on us again.
"Autumn" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Oh, Ignorance!
Thou art fallen man's best friend! With thee he speeds
In frigid apathy along his way.
And never does the tear of agony
Burn down his scorching cheek; or the keen steel
Of wounded feeling penetrate his breast.
"Fragment" by Henry Kirke White
I hurry. Snowdrifts. Frigid boughs
Of dead trees poke deep into the sky,
There are no tracks or sounds. It's still.
The realm of death in an enchanted world.
And here's my home. But what decay!
I'm shocked by this heartbreaking sight.
"Never" by Afanasy Afanasevich Fet
These boys of light are curdlers in their folly,
Sour the boiling honey;
The jacks of frost they finger in the hives;
There in the sun the frigid threads
Of doubt and dark they feed their nerves;
The signal moon is zero in their voids.
"I See The Boys Of Summer" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Winter storm hits central Illinois with snow, frigid temperatures.
Students across the region returned to class Tuesday as mild seasonal weather gave way to a frigid , gusty day.
Cool to Cold to Frigid in NNY: Planning Ahead.
A mild transition to the new year, then a few days of frigid .
Frigid Flash 2011 at the Alaska Rock Gym.
2011 Frigid Flash Climbing Competition at ARG.
On Saturday February 26th the Alaska Rock Gym held their annual Frigid Flash climbing competition.
Frigid Temperature Has Residents Dealing With Frozen Pipes.
Snow blanket, slick roads to linger in frigid Memphis-area temperatures.
Fearful, frigid night on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive.
WESTFIELD — More than 65 shivering, yet enthusiastic, plungers took to the frigid waters at Hampton Ponds last Saturday in support of Amelia Park Children's Museum.
Full moon, snow and frigid temperatures.
Four deer were swimming in Taku Inlet in frigid waters off the coast of Juneau Alaska.
The frigid Denver cold welcomed us with subtle hostility, as she couldn't quell her winds for long enough to get all of our luggage inside.
Plain Dealer file Voters won't have to contend with rain if they're heading to the polls today, just frigid temperatures.
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