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1. Extremely cold. See Synonyms at cold.
2. Lacking warmth of feeling.
3. Stiff and formal in manner: a frigid refusal to a request.
4. Showing little or no enthusiasm: Scientists gave the new theory a frigid reception.
5. Often Offensive Lacking sexual desire or unwilling to engage in sexual activity. Used especially of women.

[Latin frīgidus, cold, from frīgus, the cold.]

fri·gid′i·ty (frĭ-jĭd′ĭ-tē), frig′id·ness n.
frig′id·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frigidness - sexual unresponsiveness (especially of women) and inability to achieve orgasm during intercourse
deadness, unresponsiveness - the quality of being unresponsive; not reacting; as a quality of people, it is marked by a failure to respond quickly or with emotion to people or events; "she began to recover from her numb unresponsiveness after the accident"; "in an instant all the deadness and withdrawal were wiped away"
2.frigidness - the absence of heat; "the coldness made our breath visible"; "come in out of the cold"; "cold is a vasoconstrictor"
pressor, vasoconstrictive, vasoconstrictor - any agent that causes a narrowing of an opening of a blood vessel: cold or stress or nicotine or epinephrine or norepinephrine or angiotensin or vasopressin or certain drugs; maintains or increases blood pressure
temperature - the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)
chill, gelidity, iciness - coldness due to a cold environment
chilliness, coolness - the property of being moderately cold; "the chilliness of early morning"
frostiness - coldness as evidenced by frost
cool - the quality of being at a refreshingly low temperature; "the cool of early morning"
3.frigidness - a lack of affection or enthusiasm; "a distressing coldness of tone and manner"
emotionlessness, unemotionality - absence of emotion
stone - a lack of feeling or expression or movement; "he must have a heart of stone"; "her face was as hard as stone"
lukewarmness, tepidness - lack of passion, force or animation
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