- 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.
Origin of rigorism
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Examples from the Web for rigorism
Christian rigorism by Mandeville's time had had a long history.A Letter to Dion
This rigorism was specially valued by the Essenes and Therapeut.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Daniel
F. W. Farrar
His immoderate zeal led him into the vice of rigorism, quite foreign to the real spirit of the Christian religion.History of Education
- 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