frigidness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n frigidness a lack of affection or enthusiasm "a distressing coldness of tone and manner"
    • n frigidness the absence of heat "the coldness made our breath visible","come in out of the cold","cold is a vasoconstrictor"
    • n frigidness sexual unresponsiveness (especially of women) and inability to achieve orgasm during intercourse
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n frigidness The state of being frigid; coldness; want of ardor or fervor; frigidity.
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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
    Julie%20Burchill
    “Show me a frigid women and, nine times out of ten, I'll show you a little man.”

Usage

In literature:

My only adult relation was my stepmother, who was as frigid as ever towards me.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
His manner was frigid and pompous, and his rhetorical devices were mechanical.
"Collections and Recollections" by George William Erskine Russell
Grave and frigid, but inwardly warmhearted and passionate, O'Brien had little aptitude for rebellion.
"The Glories of Ireland" by Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
But this frigid theory of the beautiful has not succeeded in conquering the art of the world, except in name.
"The Defendant" by G.K. Chesterton
The next morning came in frigid and gray.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
An Englishman, however, must always prefer the keener but more wholesome frigidity of his own clime.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
Winter claims his wide domain, And begins his frigid reign.
"The Poets and Poetry of Cecil County, Maryland" by Various
Hitherto, for weeks past, he had gone forward with his preparations in the most frigid and convinced pessimism.
"The Regent" by E. Arnold Bennett
What, it is asked, could be more frigid than the poetry of Pope?
"Landmarks in French Literature" by G. Lytton Strachey
I remember Mrs. Deacon Ranney and her frigid companions very distinctly.
"Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions" by Slason Thompson
Blasts of frigid wind began to whistle about us, driving stinging pellets of ice into our faces.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. VI., No. 6, May, 1896" by Various
The feeling with which we read Caesar's frigid recital measures the arc of improvement through which we have passed.
"The Ethics of Drink and Other Social Questions" by James Runciman
With a momentary pressure of Annie's cold hand, and a low bow to the frigid Mrs. Barrington, I departed.
"Gifts of Genius" by Various
To have interposed any such words as "Hector said so and so" would have had a frigid effect.
"On the Sublime" by Longinus
Not until he was again alone did he realize that he had been almost frigidly greeted by those who spoke at all.
"An Apache Princess" by Charles King
Her heart was tender as a Madonna to these lambs so ill-fitted to face a frigid waste.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
Mrs. Kent preserved a frigid silence toward Jasper, interrupted only by necessary questions.
"Frank and Fearless" by Horatio Alger Jr.
Occasionally the boys met one another, but beyond rather frigid greetings little was said.
"The Outdoor Girls in a Winter Camp" by Laura Lee Hope
For this, in passing through the piano-player, is almost reduced to a frigid astronomical basis.
"The Joyful Heart" by Robert Haven Schauffler
His reward was a somewhat frigid reception.
"Quisanté" by Anthony Hope
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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
Sometimes a soul that's frigid,
Though frozen up for years,
May, by an act of kindness
Be melted into tears.
"Life Pictures" by Frank Barbour Coffin
And lo, the man of oaken head,
Of soldier's honour bare,
He fled his land, but most he fled
His Lady's frigid stare.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
The world, indeed, may frigid be
When icebergs float around it,
But warm, true hearts of constancy,
Have uniformly found it
"Amityville" by Jared Barhite
I saw him stand, a Polar man,
Cold anger in his frigid eye,
Facing it wild, unruly clan
Who poised their fiery shafts on high.
"The Impervious Iceberg" by C J Dennis
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

In news:

It was a frigid Friday night in Bozeman, MT Outside, snowflakes fell silently from the glowing winter sky.
I was a snowbird on the wing, fleeing a frigid Midwest winter.
Frigid temperatures left 22 teams collecting only 13 coyotes during the 11th annual Prairie County Sportsman Association's coyote calling contest.
Day after day of snow, frigid temps and ice…… Pizza, soft drinks and chips…….that's great if a vacation but it wasn't and still isn't for lots of folks in Boyle and Madison counties among others.
What kind of carbon-fiber and epoxy and aluminum spaceship would you ride into the frigid near-vacuum of space.
Florida's frigid temperatures have been stunning to sea turtles, and now they need some help.
Researchers at the University of Delaware (UD) are examining tiny worms that inhabit the frigid sea off Antarctica to learn not only how these organisms adapt to the severe cold, but how they will survive as ocean temperatures increase.
Due to frigid temperatures Saturday morning, John Pickens, 66, decided to delay departing his Newark home on a road cycling trip by about three hours.
Yet more than 120 different bird species remain there and survive through the frigid months.
School bus drivers warm up their school buses in the storage yard on Archibald Street while frigid temperatures gripped the city this morning.
That 2002 animated feature, a sort of Three Mammals and a Baby in a prehistoric setting, looked and felt every bit as frigid as its snowbound scenery.
Cool days, frigid nights after snowstorm.
The frigid air and gusty winds that swept in quickly over the weekend are leaving residents to dig out those heavy winter coats.
Took a cellphone picture of Officer Larry DePrimo giving the man the all-weather boots and socks on a frigid night in Times Square on Nov 14.
Michelle and Ethan Bontrager, the sibling mechanic crew who co-owns Highlands Square's Urbanistic Tea and Bike Shop, tell you how to convert your warm-weather rig to handle those frigid temperatures.
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