: 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
: 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
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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Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease physician and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said people don’t need to test with the same rigor as at the height of the pandemic.—Katie Mogg, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 The project isn’t meant to demonstrate scientific rigor; instead, it’s meant to show that art can affect viewers in meaningful ways.—Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Nov. 2023 The 65 best bookstores in L.A. Even without today’s enticements of fluffy coffees and lounging sofas, book lovers of yore managed to endure the rigors of strolling from store to store in these neighborhoods.—Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 The durable hardside exterior is designed to withstand the rigors of travel, while the spacious interior provides ample space for all your festive outfits and gifts.—Theresa Johnson, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 The outside is made of a polyester material reviewers say is sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of travel.—Olivia Young, Travel + Leisure, 8 Nov. 2023 However, despite the rigor and breadth of the science, these dire conclusions have been consistently challenged, delaying or forgoing opportunities to curtail climate change and adapt to it.—Bydavid Schimel, Fortune, 23 Oct. 2023 The rigor and exactitude of academic research wasn’t fun.—Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, 12 Oct. 2023 Howard Herring, entering his 23rd season as president and chief executive of NWS, says the idea Tilson Thomas had for the orchestra was to provide a middle ground between the formality of academic life and the rigors of professional appointment.—Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English rigour, from Anglo-French, from Latin rigor, literally, stiffness, from rigēre to be stiff