Definitions for Rigorˈrɪg ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rig•orˈrɪg ər(n.)

  1. the quality of being strict; inflexibility.

  2. harshness of judgment or attitude; sternness.

  3. hardship of living conditions; austerity:

    the rigor of wartime existence.

  4. a severe or harsh act or circumstance.

  5. scrupulous accuracy; precision.

  6. severity of weather or climate.

  7. a sudden coldness, as that preceding certain fevers; chill.

    Category: Pathology

  8. muscular rigidity.

    Category: Physiology

Origin of rigor:

1350–1400; ME rigour < L rigor stiffness =rig(ēre) to be stiff +-or -or1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigour, severity, severeness, rigorousness, rigourousness(noun)

    something hard to endure

    "the asperity of northern winters"

  2. cogency, validity, rigor, rigour(noun)

    the quality of being valid and rigorous

  3. severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffness(noun)

    excessive sternness

    "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"


  1. rigor(Noun)

    an abbreviated form of rigor mortis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rigor(noun)

    rigidity; stiffness

  2. Rigor(noun)

    a sense of chilliness, with contraction of the skin; a convulsive shuddering or tremor, as in the chill preceding a fever

  3. Rigor(noun)

    the becoming stiff or rigid; the state of being rigid; rigidity; stiffness; hardness

  4. Rigor(noun)

    see 1st Rigor, 2

  5. Rigor(noun)

    severity of climate or season; inclemency; as, the rigor of the storm; the rigors of winter

  6. Rigor(noun)

    stiffness of opinion or temper; rugged sternness; hardness; relentless severity; hard-heartedness; cruelty

  7. Rigor(noun)

    exactness without allowance, deviation, or indulgence; strictness; as, the rigor of criticism; to execute a law with rigor; to enforce moral duties with rigor; -- opposed to lenity

  8. Rigor(noun)

    severity of life; austerity; voluntary submission to pain, abstinence, or mortification

  9. Rigor(noun)

    violence; force; fury

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strictness; harshness.

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