Here he experienced all the rigour of penury and imprisonment for seven years.
With November winter fell upon the land in all its sub-Arctic rigour.
Before long the two machinators abandoned the rigour of the bare studio for a snug corner of a café.
It was a snowy and sleety April morning, and she had already had experience of its rigour. '
By degrees the rigour of the Club relaxed; some of the members grew negligent.
To grapple with this rigour one should have fed all one's life on blubber.
Or would you force me to believe, by so undeserved a rigour, if I had deceived you, I should have gained more indulgence?
The rich classes by turning day into night avoid much of its rigour.
Self-distrust and remorse were secretly undermining the rigour of his Judaic faith.
He got them ratified by act of parliament, and then they began to be pressed with rigour.
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).
rigor rig·or (rĭg'ər)
Shivering or trembling, as caused by a chill.
A state of rigidity in living tissues or organs that prevents response to stimuli.