- 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 rigours
Such products are not suited for the rigours of public life, and need to be adapted, at the very least by sewing in hem weights.Kate Middleton's History of Flesh-Flashing Wardrobe Malfunctions
May 29, 2014
Then the rigours of my captivity were still further increased.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
Are the northern kingdoms of Europe bare of life because of the winter rigours?'The Frozen Pirate
W. Clark Russell
He's going to live on deck to inure himself to the rigours of the Arctic climate.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Then you experienced the rigours of intolerance there, in some measure, did you?The Printer Boy.
William M. Thayer
The lady must depart; if she goes not, the rigours of the law will crush her.A German Pompadour
- 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
- harsh but just treatment or action
- a severe or cruel circumstance; hardshipthe rigours of famine
- strictness, harshness, or severity of character
- strictness in judgment or conduct; rigorism
- maths logic logical validity or accuracy
- obsolete rigidity
Word Origin and History for rigours
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.