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What is rigor?
Rigor is strictness and inflexibility, as in The military academy was known for its dedication to perfection, discipline, and rigor.
Rigor is also hardship or austerity, as in Young soldiers are rarely ready to handle the rigors of war.
Rigor can also refer to a strict accuracy, as with scientific experiments.
If a teacher is known for their rigor, they are very strict about things like students finishing all their homework and are likely to punish students who don’t follow the rules. A person known for rigor is likely to support punishments for people who misbehave rather than rewards for people who behave.
Rigor can also mean a condition that makes life harder, such as living without electricity. When referring to austerity, can mean living without a lot of things that make life pleasant, like takeout food, video games, and traveling.
Finally, rigor can mean strict accuracy or precision, as in The report on water pollution was commended for its scientific rigor.
In British English, this word is commonly spelled as rigour.
The adjective form of rigor is rigorous and it is most often used to mean something is very harsh or full of difficulties, as in It takes years of rigorous training to be an Olympic athlete.
Example: We nearly froze as we huddled in the log cabin and suffered through the rigors of the harsh, unforgiving winter.
Where does rigor come from?
The first records of rigor come from around 1350. It ultimately comes from the Latin rigēre, meaning “to be stiff.” If a person is known for their rigor, they are known for being inflexible in their beliefs, opinions, or actions.
If you watch a lot of murder mysterious or are familiar with medicine, you have likely heard the Latin rigor used in the term rigor mortis, meaning a stiffening of the body after death.
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How is rigor used in real life?
Rigor is most often used to mean strictness or hardship.
Discipline and rigor are not enemies of creativity and imagination. To create anything that matters will require strict mental discipline.
— François Chollet (@fchollet) June 22, 2014
Pat Hughes explaining the rigors of playing 24 straight games even though it's fun to play baseball. "Imagine going to 24 straight picnics."
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) August 3, 2016
I found out my girlfriend likes Kings of Leon, and now I'm finding out about the rigors of single-fatherhood.
— pauly casillas (@PaulyPeligroso) May 11, 2011
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How to use rigor in a sentence
A single volunteer’s illness has sparked a temporary halt to the late-stage clinical trial of a leading coronavirus vaccine, an action that highlights the level of rigor needed to ensure that a vaccine is safe and effective, experts say.Here’s what pausing the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial really means|Aimee Cunningham|September 9, 2020|Science News
There are intense physical rigors involved in riding a rocket into orbit and living in microgravity for more than a few days.When will we see ordinary people going into space?|Neel Patel|September 9, 2020|MIT Technology Review
You want something that will stand up to the rigors of the great outdoors, but won’t weigh you down.
It’s hard to imagine a successful program of making a non-scientifically trained public interested in adopting the rigors of scientific habits of mind.How Pseudoscientists Get Away With It - Facts So Romantic|Stuart Firestein|August 28, 2020|Nautilus
The results have been posted online but not yet published in a medical journal, and theydon’t have the same rigor as a clinical trial, which typically compares a treatment to the standard of care.Trump’s push to approve COVID-19 convalescent plasma treatment could delay efforts to better understand it|Claire Zillman, reporter|August 24, 2020|Fortune
A National Transportation Safety Board investigation will deliver a forensic rigor that has been so far lacking.Virgin Galactic’s Flight Path to Disaster: A Clash of High Risk and Hyperbole|Clive Irving|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet by equating their engineering with Teutonic rigor the Germans have created the impression of an exclusive proprietary quality.
Rigor/College Preparedness (30 percent) Three data points made up this category, each weighted equally.The Daily Beast's Top High Schools 2014: Methodology|Brandy Zadrozny|August 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When examined with any rigor, the stereotypes circulating about current-day hipsters make no sense whatsoever.
In terms of the intellectual rigor required to get the job done, Storr chose the tougher path.The Unpersuadables: Why Smart People Believe Crazy Theories|Kevin Canfield|March 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Every rigor of hard fare, and severe usage, was inexorably brought upon him.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
It is true that the chancellor, who presided at that judgment, treated the illustrious captive with too much rigor.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Besides this, the long continuance of the potests is in itself a proof that its rigor was more apparent than real.The Private Life of the Romans|Harold Whetstone Johnston
The blockade of Leghorn was enforced with the utmost rigor and great effectiveness.The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2)|A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
The rigor of the decemvirs was tempered by the equity of the prtors.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon