- strictness, severity, or harshness, as in dealing with people.
- the full or extreme severity of laws, rules, etc.
- severity of living conditions; hardship; austerity: the rigor of wartime existence.
- a severe or harsh act, circumstance, etc.
- scrupulous or inflexible accuracy or adherence: the logical rigor of mathematics.
- severity of weather or climate or an instance of this: the rigors of winter.
- Pathology. a sudden coldness, as that preceding certain fevers; chill.
- Physiology. a state of rigidity in muscle tissues during which they are unable to respond to stimuli due to the coagulation of muscle protein.
- Obsolete. stiffness or rigidity.
Origin of rigor
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Examples from the Web for rigor
Yet by equating their engineering with Teutonic rigor the Germans have created the impression of an exclusive proprietary quality.Nationalism on Four Wheels
October 18, 2014
When examined with any rigor, the stereotypes circulating about current-day hipsters make no sense whatsoever.Why Do We Hate Hipsters So F'ing Much?
July 13, 2014
“Her compositions exude a rigor and tightness,” said Lori Bookstein, whose Chelsea gallery has represented Malcolm since 2003.The Artist Formerly Known as Janet Malcolm
Lauren Du Graf
June 6, 2013
The Daily Pic: Ragnar Kjartansson sings a song of sentiment and rigor.An Icelander's Hymn to High Tech
February 15, 2013
I bedded down for this debate, Scotch in hand, expecting to be bored five ways to rigor mortis.Was That Obama’s Dud Double Who Lost the Debate to Romney?
October 4, 2012
Then I am full of regret for you, because—because I know the rigor of police discipline.The Law-Breakers
It was judged not proper for me to return, considering the rigor of the season.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
It is like an iron country, and the spirit is oppressed by its rigor and melancholy.O Pioneers!
The other patient was seized with a rigor the third morning after delivery.Medical Essays
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The mine owner did not speak, but the rigor of his eyes did not relax.Brand Blotters
William MacLeod Raine
- med a sudden feeling of chilliness, often accompanied by shivering: it sometimes precedes a fever
- (ˈrɪɡə) pathol rigidity of a muscle; muscular cramp
- a state of rigidity assumed by some animals in reaction to sudden shock
- the inertia assumed by some plants in conditions unfavourable to growth
Word Origin and History for rigor
late 14c., from Old French rigor "strength, hardness" (13c., Modern French rigueur), from Latin rigorem (nominative rigor) "numbness, stiffness, hardness, firmness; roughness, rudeness," from rigere "be stiff" (see rigid).
- Shivering or trembling, as caused by a chill.
- A state of rigidity in living tissues or organs that prevents response to stimuli.