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rigor

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1 something that is a cause for suffering or special effort especially in the attainment of a goal
  • hard-bitten folk who survived many rigors on the way to the promised land

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2 the quality or state of being demanding or unyielding (as in discipline or criticism)
  • after being coddled by his former coach, the swimmer was shocked by the rigor of the new training program

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3 the quality or state of being very accurate
  • said that she had heard that excuse a million times, but then she was never known for the rigor of her calculations

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The first known use of rigor was in the 14th century

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“Rigor.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rigor. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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