What does rigour mean?

Definitions for rigour

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    the quality of being valid and rigorous

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

    something hard to endure

    "the asperity of northern winters"

  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. rigour(Noun)

    A harsh or severe experience.

  2. rigour(Noun)

    A trembling or shivering response.

  3. rigour(Noun)

    Character of being unyielding or inflexible.

  4. rigour(Noun)

    Shrewd questioning.

  5. rigour(Noun)

    Higher level of difficulty.

  6. rigour(Noun)

    An abbreviated form of rigour mortis.


  1. Rigour

    Rigour or rigor has a number of meanings in relation to intellectual life and discourse. These are separate from public and political applications with their suggestion of laws enforced to the letter, or political absolutism.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rigour

    rig′ur, n. the quality of being rigid or severe: stiffness of opinion or temper: strictness: exactness: violence: relentlessness: severity of climate: (med., spelt Rigor; see above).—adj. Rig′orous, exercising rigour: allowing no abatement: marked by severity: harsh: scrupulously accurate: very severe.—adv. Rig′orously.—ns. Rig′orousness; Rig′ourism (R.C.), the opposite of Probalilism; Rig′ourist, a person of strict principles: a purist. [L. rigorrigēre.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rigour in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rigour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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