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January 6, 2014 - Word of the Day: frigid

 

When it gets very, very cold outside, you'll often hear people use the adjective "frigid" to describe the temperature:

  • The air outside is frigid.
  • Frigid air moved in from the Arctic.
  • Frigid temperatures forced the cancellation of school today.
  • A frigid mass of cold air brought temperatures down below zero.

cold26 degrees below zero!

This word may also be used to describe relationships among people.

  • Their relationship became frigid and ultimately resulted in a divorce.
  • Bob complains that his wife is frigid. She has no interest in him.
  • Many patients at the hospital describe Dr. Benson's bedside manner as frigid. He seems indifferent* to the people he treats.

*indifferent: uncaring; not interested

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