rigor

noun
rig·​or | \ ˈri-gər How to pronounce rigor (audio) \

Definition of rigor

1a(1) : harsh inflexibility in opinion, temper, or judgment : severity The least one might observe is that this muddle of moralism and laxity, extreme rigor and casual permissiveness, arduous altruism and nonchalant selfishness, has consequences.— Peter Berkowitz
(2) : the quality of being unyielding or inflexible : strictness Their abandonment of this terminology is part of an effort to soften the rigor of some of the rigid consequences thought to flow from the mechanical application of this dichotomy.— John D. Calamari and Joseph M. Perillo
(3) : severity of life : austerity … a moral rigor and growth that might help this country.— Stanley Kauffmann
b : an act or instance of strictness, severity, or cruelty … the humanist must recognize the normality, the practical necessity of the very rigors he is trying to soften and correct.— Hermann J. Muller
2 : a tremor caused by a chill This young woman presented at the hospital with severe abdominal pain and signs of infection, including fever, rigor, and leukocytosis.— Robert E. Scully et al.
3 : a condition that makes life difficult, challenging, or uncomfortable especially : extremity of cold the rigors of a New England winter
4 : strict precision : exactness logical rigor Tentatively one might suggest that what characterizes science is the rigor of its methodology …— Ernst Mayr
5a obsolete : rigidity, stiffness
b : rigidness or torpor of organs or tissue that prevents response to stimuli
c : rigor mortis A fish has its best flavor and texture when cooked while just coming out of rigor.— Jane Daniels Lear

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Examples of rigor in a Sentence

They underwent the rigors of military training. the rigors of life in the wilderness They conducted the experiments with scientific rigor. a scholar known for her intellectual rigor
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Krantz was renowned for her discipline and rigor, writing 10,000 words per week and spending countless hours researching the historical eras in which her books were set. Sonaiya Kelley, latimes.com, "Judith Krantz, the romance novelist with more than 80 million copies in print, dies at 91," 23 June 2019 The transparency and robustness of open-source methods is encouraging greater resourcefulness and rigor even among traditional journalists. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, The New York Review of Books, "Bellingcat and How Open Source Reinvented Investigative Journalism," 10 June 2019 In the constantly expanding universe of arts festivals, Ojai remains unique in its mixture of informality and rigor, relaxation and urgency. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Ojai Will Never Be the Same, Thanks to His Musical Imagination," 5 June 2019 With players from HBCUs adding new flavor to her hits and deep cuts, Beyoncé's relentless rhythms are refracted through the martial rigor of a marching band, resulting in a groove that's buttoned-up but never lets up. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Albums of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 3 June 2019 Why would an elite marathoner and two-time Olympian take up the rigors (steep terrain) and risks (bloody knees and worse) of trail running at age 40? John Meyer, The Know, "Saturday’s Leadville Trail Marathon runners will be competing against an Olympian," 14 June 2019 Saxophonist Steve Coleman embodies his book’s forward-leaning attitude and intellectual rigor, bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding its open-minded yet knowing positivity. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Playing Changes’ Review: No Longer Wrestling With Ghosts," 16 Aug. 2018 In fact, the regulation of emoji—especially since Lee took her power-to-the-people to Unicode—may serve as a singular example of how online communication might be supervised with rigor, generosity, and imagination. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Delicate Art of Creating New Emoji," 28 June 2018 Having grown up in a disordered household, Jayne ran hers with a fastidious rigor. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of rigor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for rigor

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

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rigor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rigor

: the difficult and unpleasant conditions or experiences that are associated with something
: the quality or state of being very exact, careful, or strict

rigor

noun
rig·​or | \ ˈri-gər How to pronounce rigor (audio) \

Kids Definition of rigor

: a harsh condition (as of discipline)

rigor

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

Medical Definition of rigor

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

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