rigor

noun rig·or \ ˈri-gər \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of rigor

1 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

Examples of rigor in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of rigor

Middle English rigour, from Anglo-French, from Latin rigor, literally, stiffness, from rigēre to be stiff


RIGOR Defined for English Language Learners

rigor

noun

Definition of rigor for English Language Learners

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

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


RIGOR Defined for Kids

rigor

noun rig·or \ ˈri-gər \

Definition of rigor for Students

: a harsh condition (as of discipline)

Medical Dictionary

rigor

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

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


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