Definition of "rigor" [‖Ri•gor•rig•or]

  • Strictness or severity, as in temperament, action, or judgment. (noun)
  • A harsh or trying circumstance; hardship. See Synonyms at difficulty. (noun)
  • A harsh or cruel act. (noun)
  • Medicine Shivering or trembling, as caused by a chill. (noun)
  • Physiology A state of rigidity in living tissues or organs that prevents response to stimuli. (noun)

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Use "rigor" in a sentence
  • "Whatever this kind of blog discourse may lack in conventional "rigor" is certainly balanced out by its immediacy and its enthusiasm."
  • "So the book added a certain rigor and pushed me to make the ‘project’ whole and complete on some level."
  • "Further, as physicists understand, but many economists do not, rigor is not the same as mathematical formalism."