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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The episode exhibited a stunning lack of rigor for a news organization. CBS News, "MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell retracts story on Trump finances after Trump lawyers threaten to sue," 29 Aug. 2019 The obvious catalyst is the dizzying success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, itself a result of narrative rigor. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Marvel's Games Are Starting to Feel a Lot Like Its Movies," 19 July 2019 Perhaps the pair of mathematical rigor and physical intuition should be added as another example of two mutually exclusive qualities. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Questions Inspire New Math," 30 Mar. 2017 His interest wasn’t methodological rigor; the goal was to feed and stoke anti-Muslim sentiments among his supporters. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The NRA Is Not a Domestic Terrorist Organization," 17 Sep. 2019 The policy could bring rigor to the monitoring and verification of forest safeguards and increase confidence in markets for financing and purchasing emission credits. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, "How California can help save Brazil’s burning rainforests," 28 Aug. 2019 But in recent years, Ezraty had softened; her intensity and rigor subdued. Los Angeles Times, "Maty Ezraty, L.A. yoga instructor whose teachings spanned the globe, dies," 19 July 2019 An estimated 65,000 women a year will be spared the time-consuming, costly, unpleasant — and occasionally debilitating — rigors of the cancer-killing therapy. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "What the latest news on breast cancer, chemo and genomic testing could mean for you," 5 June 2018 Photojournalist Sam Hodgson discusses this week’s story about the rigors of San Diego Fire-Rescue’s training academy and the challenges the department faces in recruiting and retaining firefighters. Sam Hodgson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Back story: Why we spent 16 weeks inside San Diego’s fire academy," 5 Sep. 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

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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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