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rigor

[rig-er] /ˈrɪg ər/
noun
1.
strictness, severity, or harshness, as in dealing with people.
2.
the full or extreme severity of laws, rules, etc.
3.
severity of living conditions; hardship; austerity:
the rigor of wartime existence.
4.
a severe or harsh act, circumstance, etc.
5.
scrupulous or inflexible accuracy or adherence:
the logical rigor of mathematics.
6.
severity of weather or climate or an instance of this:
the rigors of winter.
7.
Pathology. a sudden coldness, as that preceding certain fevers; chill.
8.
Physiology. a state of rigidity in muscle tissues during which they are unable to respond to stimuli due to the coagulation of muscle protein.
9.
Obsolete. stiffness or rigidity.
Also, especially British, rigour.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English rigour < Latin rigor stiffness, equivalent to rig(ēre) to be stiff + -or -or1
Synonyms
1. inflexibility, stringency. 4. cruelty.
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Examples for rigor
  • The board says it is eager to bring new rigor to education.
  • We kept all that is good about methods in economics: theoretical and empirical rigor.
  • Researchers aim to put more rigor into studies of media bias.
  • His condition yesterday, aside from a slight rigor in the early morning, was apparently more favorable than.
  • The academic rigor of study abroad programs at many colleges and universities is missing.
  • It is these cases that require the additional investment of rigor and review.
  • The whole article lacks rigor and sews more confusion than clarity.
  • The rigor and focus pay off for honors students, often in the form of prestigious national scholarships.
  • Cultural evolution clearly happens, but it's difficult to study with the formal rigor of biological evolution.
  • In the past decade, many statisticians have rehabilitated the word and tried to inject more rigor into the procedure.
British Dictionary definitions for rigor

rigor

/ˈraɪɡɔː; ˈrɪɡə/
noun
1.
(med) a sudden feeling of chilliness, often accompanied by shivering: it sometimes precedes a fever
2.
(pathol) (ˈrɪɡə). rigidity of a muscle; muscular cramp
3.
a state of rigidity assumed by some animals in reaction to sudden shock
4.
the inertia assumed by some plants in conditions unfavourable to growth
Word Origin
see rigour

rigour

/ˈrɪɡə/
noun
1.
harsh but just treatment or action
2.
a severe or cruel circumstance; hardship the rigours of famine
3.
strictness, harshness, or severity of character
4.
strictness in judgment or conduct; rigorism
5.
(maths, logic) logical validity or accuracy
6.
(obsolete) rigidity
Word Origin
C14: from Latin rigor
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Word Origin and History for rigor
rigor
late 14c., from O.Fr. rigor (13c.), from L. rigorem (nom. rigor) "numbness, stiffness, rigor," from rigere "be stiff" (see rigid). Rigor mortis is 1839, from L. rigor "stiffness" + mortis, gen. of mors "death" (see mortal).
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rigor in Medicine

rigor rig·or (rĭg'ər)
n.

  1. See rigidity.

  2. Shivering or trembling, as caused by a chill.

  3. A state of rigidity in living tissues or organs that prevents response to stimuli.

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