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rigor

noun rig·or \ˈri-gər\

rigors : the difficult and unpleasant conditions or experiences that are associated with something

: the quality or state of being very exact, careful, or strict

Full Definition of RIGOR

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a (1) :  harsh inflexibility in opinion, temper, or judgment :  severity (2) :  the quality of being unyielding or inflexible :  strictness (3) :  severity of life :  austerity
b :  an act or instance of strictness, severity, or cruelty
2
:  a tremor caused by a chill
3
:  a condition that makes life difficult, challenging, or uncomfortable; especially :  extremity of cold
4
:  strict precision :  exactness <logical rigor>
5
a obsolete :  rigidity, stiffness
b :  rigidness or torpor of organs or tissue that prevents response to stimuli
c :  rigor mortis
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Examples of RIGOR

  1. They underwent the rigors of military training.
  2. the rigors of life in the wilderness
  3. They conducted the experiments with scientific rigor.
  4. a scholar known for her intellectual rigor

Origin of RIGOR

Middle English rigour, from Anglo-French, from Latin rigor, literally, stiffness, from rigēre to be stiff
First Known Use: 14th century
RIGOR Defined for Kids

rigor

noun rig·or \ˈri-gər\

Definition of RIGOR for Kids

:  a harsh condition (as of discipline)
Medical Dictionary

rigor

noun rig·or \ˈrig-ər, British also ˈrī-ˌgr\

Medical Definition of RIGOR

1
a :  chill 1 b :  a tremor caused by a chill
2
a :  rigidity or torpor of organs or tissue that prevents response to stimuli b :  rigor mortis

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