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Meaning of RIGOR

Pronunciation:  'rigur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
  2. [n]  something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern winters"
  3. [n]  the quality of being logically valid

RIGOR is a 5 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: asperity, cogency, grimness, hardness, hardship, harshness, inclemency, rigorousness, rigour, severity, stiffness, validity
 See Also: believability, credibility, credibleness, difficultness, difficulty, sternness, strictness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ri"gor\, n. [L. See {Rigor}., below.]
    1. Rigidity; stiffness.
    2. (ed.) A sense of chilliness, with contraction of the skin;
       a convulsive shuddering or tremor, as in the chill
       preceding a fever.
    {Rigor caloris}[L., rigor of heat] (Physiol.), a form of
       rigor mortis induced by heat, as when the muscle of a
       mammal is heated to about 50[deg]C.
    {Rigor mortis}[L., rigor of death], death stiffening; the
       rigidity of the muscles that occurs at death and lasts
       till decomposition sets in. It is due to the formation of
       myosin by the coagulation of the contents of the
       individual muscle fibers.
  2. \Rig"or\, n. [OE. rigour, OF. rigour, F. rigueur, from L.
    rigor, fr. rigere to be stiff. See {Rigid}.] [Written also
    1. The becoming stiff or rigid; the state of being rigid;
       rigidity; stiffness; hardness.
             The rest his look Bound with Gorgonian rigor not to
             move.                                 --Milton.
    2. (Med.) See 1st {Rigor}, 2.
    3. Severity of climate or season; inclemency; as, the rigor
       of the storm; the rigors of winter.
    4. Stiffness of opinion or temper; rugged sternness;
       hardness; relentless severity; hard-heartedness; cruelty.
             All his rigor is turned to grief and pity. --Denham.
             If I shall be condemn'd Upon surmises, . . . I tell
             you 'T is rigor and not law.          --Shak.
    5. Exactness without allowance, deviation, or indulgence;
       strictness; as, the rigor of criticism; to execute a law
       with rigor; to enforce moral duties with rigor; -- opposed
       to {lenity}.
    6. Severity of life; austerity; voluntary submission to pain,
       abstinence, or mortification.
             The prince lived in this convent with all the rigor
             and austerity of a capuchin.          --Addison.
    7. Violence; force; fury. [Obs.]
             Whose raging rigor neither steel nor brass could
             stay.                                 --Spenser.
    Syn: Stiffness; rigidness; inflexibility; severity;
         austerity; sternness; harshness; strictness; exactness.