rigorism

[ rig-uh-riz-uhm ]
/ ˈrɪg əˌrɪz əm /

noun

extreme strictness.
(in Roman Catholic moral philosophy) the theory that in doubtful cases of conscience no course may be followed that is contrary to Catholic law and doctrine.

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Origin of rigorism

From the French word rigorisme, dating back to 1695–1705. See rigor, -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM rigorism

rig·or·ist, nounrig·or·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rigorism

rigorism
/ (ˈrɪɡəˌrɪzəm) /

noun

strictness in judgment or conduct
the religious cult of extreme self-denial
RC theol the doctrine that in cases of doubt in moral matters the stricter course must always be followed

Derived forms of rigorism

rigorist, nounrigoristic, adjective
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