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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Recent Examples on the Web Where President Bush interpreted the authorization broadly, the Obama administration sought to put in place procedural rigor but continued the expansive use of force overseas. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Director and co-writer John Hsu establishes the school’s rigor early on, while also showing how a few teachers have begun holding secret classes for kids open to poetry and radical ideas. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 Our institutions of expertise incentivize intellectual rigor through practices such as peer review and fact checking, which help tame this tendency. Benjamin And Jenna Storey, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 Managing the interactions while pursuing an opportunity requires the same rigor. Forrester, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 The state has acknowledged the studies cited in the demonstration lack sufficient rigor. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Sep. 2021 Both have left Fenwick, but Cobb remains, impressed with his teammates and the school’s academic rigor. Matt Le Cren, chicagotribune.com, 20 Aug. 2021 To add further rigor, independent observers will be called on to evaluate the patients’ progress. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 But his attempt at healing Congress could use more rigor. Star Tribune, 10 July 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigor. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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