• WordNet 3.6
    • n rigourousness excessive sternness "severity of character","the harshness of his punishment was inhuman","the rigors of boot camp"
    • n rigourousness something hard to endure "the asperity of northern winters"
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In literature:

He softened the rigour of those heavy hours by several historical works.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
He was unlike the iron horse in that respect, although somewhat like him in the rigour of his action.
"The Iron Horse" by R.M. Ballantyne
In all thy rigour, oh!
"A Simple Story" by Mrs. Inchbald
Are the northern kingdoms of Europe bare of life because of the winter rigours?
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
This inhuman sentence was executed with rigour, and the martyr expired under its severities, on the 28th day of June, A. D. 362.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
It ended with puberty, for the rigour of the theory demanded that it should do so.
"Ancient Law" by Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
This extreme of insulting rigour did not last long this time.
"The Peasant and the Prince" by Harriet Martineau
These duties he performs with fidelity to the king and not too much rigour to the subject.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 458" by Various
Unfortunately, I must judge the case from the nature of the testimony, with impartiality and even to the utmost rigour of the law.
"The Basket of Flowers" by Christoph von Schmid
But, though he was thus careful of his versification, he did not oppress his powers with superfluous rigour.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson

In poetry:

Strephonetta, why d'ye fly me,
With such rigour in your eyes:
Oh! 'tis cruel to deny me,
Since your charms I so much prize.
"Songs Set To Music: 3. Set" by Matthew Prior
Death, from thy rigour a voice appealed,
And men still hear what the sweet cry saith,
Crying aloud in thine ears fast sealed,
"On An Old Roundel" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Grateful the hapless twain went forth,
The golden portals backward whirl'd,
Then first they felt the biting north,
And all the rigour of this world.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
One who will meek-ey'd Mercy's laws
Oppose to Rigour's doubtful rule ...
Nor quit the hapless Culprit's cause,
Though sterner Judgements deem him fool.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
So fared it with thee, — for the rest could recover,
Again in new rigour and health to arise ;—
But the bolt of the Tyrant, in passing them over,
Marked out thy fair form for its beautiful prize.
"Stanzas, On the Death of a Young Lady" by Mary Anne Browne
TELL ME, LOVE, when I rove o'er some far distant plain,
Shall I cherish the passion that dwells in my breast?
Or will ABSENCE subdue the keen rigours of pain,
And the swift wing of TIME bring the balsam of rest?
"Stanzas to Love" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

NICOLAS KRISTOF'S latest column on income inequality is an excellent example of the sort of confusion and laziness that moved me to write a very long and widely ignored paper promoting greater clarity and rigour on the subject.
But though it lacks ideological rigour, Tony Blair's project has a serious purpose.
After 28 years in the rigours of the circus industry, Jumbo the elephant is enjoying her first Christmas as a pachyderm of leisure.
The rigours of today's schedule are chiefly to blame for the sorry condition of the sport's elite.

In science:

Our analysis of the random graph G(t) is very similar to that of S¨oderberg ; our theorems enable us to add technical rigour to his calculations.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
In evaluating the cost of a computation as O(e) where e is a nonnegative expression, we omit the case where e might have value 0 (rigourously, we should write O(e + 1)).
A multivariate interlace polynomial
Although we will not proceed to present these results rigourously in the way we now describe, the motivation for our argument is provided by the following.
Convergence of simple random walks on random discrete trees to Brownian motion on the continuum random tree
Certainly, the above argument is by no means rigourous.
On the Limit Law of a Random Walk Conditioned to Reach a High Level
There are various ways to define this process rigourously.
On the Limit Law of a Random Walk Conditioned to Reach a High Level