- 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 rigors
Kate's failure to adapt her dresses for the rigors of public life only hurts herself.Kate Middleton's History of Flesh-Flashing Wardrobe Malfunctions
May 29, 2014
And any kind of return to the rigors of the campaign trail will not be faultless.The Boehner-Haters Are Back With a Vengeance
April 30, 2014
Worn down by the rigors of slavery, the men lost their desire to procreate.Will Lapid And Bennett Free Israel's "Chained Women"?
Tova Hartman, Charlie Buckholtz
March 25, 2013
So unsuited and ill prepared for the rigors of high-stakes debating.The Debate Expectations Game
September 28, 2012
Of course, King is no stranger to the rigors of filming a prime-time television show 12 to 14 hours a day.Regina King: ‘Southland’ Star Defies TV Stereotypes of Black Women
January 29, 2012
"Ou'doors" was the only home he knew, and with all its rigors he loved it.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
The rigors of a field, less tolerable than the field of battle, awaited me.My Bondage and My Freedom
In spite of the rigors of the winter, the settlers made merry.Land of the Burnt Thigh
Edith Eudora Kohl
His mother's health was suffering in the rigors of a Chicago winter.A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike
And yet with all its rigors the law does not attain its ends.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
- 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 rigors
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.