chiefly British variant of rigor

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  • rigour — is spelt our in BrE and rigor in AmE. The corresponding adjective is rigorous in both varieties. Note also the spelling rigor in the medical sense (‘a sudden feeling of cold and shivering’) and in the Latin phrase rigor mortis, the stiffening of… …   Modern English usage

  • rigour — (US rigor) ► NOUN 1) the quality of being rigorous. 2) (rigours) demanding, difficult, or extreme conditions. ORIGIN Latin rigor stiffness …   English terms dictionary

  • Rigour — For the medical term, see Rigor (medicine). For the sign of death, see Rigor mortis. Rigour or rigor (see spelling differences) has a number of meanings in relation to intellectual life and discourse. These are separate from public and political… …   Wikipedia

  • rigour — (BrE) (AmE rigor) noun 1 strictness ADJECTIVE ▪ academic, analytical, formal, intellectual, logical, mathematical, methodological, scholarly, scientific …   Collocations dictionary

  • rigour — Rigor Rig or, n. [OE. rigour, OF. rigour, F. rigueur, from L. rigor, fr. rigere to be stiff. See {Rigid}.] [Written also {rigour}.] 1. The becoming stiff or rigid; the state of being rigid; rigidity; stiffness; hardness. [1913 Webster] The rest… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rigour — [[t]rɪ̱gə(r)[/t]] rigours (in AM, use rigor) 1) N PLURAL: usu the N of n If you refer to the rigours of an activity or job, you mean the difficult, demanding, or unpleasant things that are associated with it. He found the rigours of the tour too… …   English dictionary

  • rigour — BrE rigor AmE noun (U) 1 the rigours of the problems and unpleasant conditions of a difficult situation: all the rigours of a Canadian winter 2 BrE formal strictness or severity of a punishment: He deserves to be punished with the full rigour of… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rigour — UK [ˈrɪɡə(r)] / US [ˈrɪɡə] noun [uncountable] 1) the quality of being thorough and careful His arguments display a lack of intellectual rigour. 2) the quality of being strict or severe The law was implemented with varying degrees of rigour in… …   English dictionary

  • rigour — /ˈrɪgə / (say riguh) noun 1. strictness, severity, or harshness, as in dealing with persons. 2. the full or extreme severity of laws, rules, etc.: the rigour of the law. 3. severity of life; hardship. 4. a severe or harsh act, circumstance, etc.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • rigour — n. (US rigor) 1 a severity, strictness, harshness. b (in pl.) harsh measures or conditions. 2 logical exactitude. 3 strict enforcement of rules etc. (the utmost rigour of the law). 4 austerity of life; puritanical discipline. Etymology: ME f. OF… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rigour — rig|our BrE rigor AmE [ˈrıgə US ər] n 1.) the rigours of sth the problems and difficulties of a situation ▪ all the rigors of a Canadian winter ▪ the stresses and rigours of modern life 2.) [U] great care and thoroughness in making sure that… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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