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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cogency, validity, rigor, rigournoun

    the quality of being valid and rigorous

  2. asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigour, severity, severeness, rigorousness, rigourousnessnoun

    something hard to endure

    "the asperity of northern winters"

  3. severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffnessnoun

    excessive sternness

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


  1. rigournoun

    A harsh or severe experience.

  2. rigournoun

    A trembling or shivering response.

  3. rigournoun

    Character of being unyielding or inflexible.

  4. rigournoun

    Shrewd questioning.

  5. rigournoun

    Higher level of difficulty.

  6. rigournoun

    An abbreviated form of rigour mortis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RIGOURnoun

    Etymology: rigor, Latin.

    The rest his look
    Bound with Gorgonian rigour, not to move. John Milton.

    A right regimen, during the rigor or cold fit in the beginning of a fever, is of great importance; a long continued rigor is a sign of a strong disease: during the rigor, the circulation is less quick, and the blood actually stagnates in the extremities, and, pressing upon the heart, may produce concretions; therefore a rigor increaseth an inflammation. Arb.

    Nature has got the victory over passion, all his rigour is turned to grief and pity. John Denham, Sophy.

    Rigour makes it difficult for sliding virtue to recover. Claris.

    Does not looseness of life, and a want of necessary sobriety in some, drive others into rigors that are unnecessary? Thomas Sprat.

    This prince lived in this convent, with all the rigor and austerity of a capuchin. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    It may not seem hard, if in cases of necessity certain profitable ordinances sometimes be released, rather than all men always strictly bound to the general rigor thereof. Richard Hooker.

    Heat and cold are not, according to philosophical rigour, the efficients; but are names expressing our passions. Joseph Glanvill.

    The base degenerate age requires
    Severity and justice in its rigour:
    This awes an impious bold offending world. Addison.

    He at his foe with furious rigour smites,
    That strongest oak might seem to overthrow;
    The stroke upon his shield so heavy lights,
    That to the ground it doubleth him full low. Fairy Queen.

    Driven by the necessities of the times and the temper of the people, more than led by his own disposition to any height and rigour of actions. Charles I .

    The stones the rigor of their kind expel,
    And supple into softness as they fell. Dryden.


  1. Rigour

    Rigour (British English) or rigor (American English; see spelling differences) describes a condition of stiffness or strictness. These constraints may be environmentally imposed, such as "the rigours of famine"; logically imposed, such as mathematical proofs which must maintain consistent answers; or socially imposed, such as the process of defining ethics and law.


  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.]

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  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

Examples of rigour in a Sentence

  1. Magdalena Skipper:

    We will never compromise the rigour of our peer review, and papers will only be accepted once ... they have been thoroughly assessed.

  2. Wang Zhigang:

    The rigour of vaccine development has been compared by some scientists to a dance involving precise steps and rehearsals.

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