• WordNet 3.6
    • n rigour excessive sternness "severity of character","the harshness of his punishment was inhuman","the rigors of boot camp"
    • n rigour something hard to endure "the asperity of northern winters"
    • n rigour the quality of being valid and rigorous
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rigour etc. See rigor, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rigour rig′ur the quality of being rigid or severe: stiffness of opinion or temper: strictness: exactness: violence: relentlessness: severity of climate
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. rigorrigēre.


In literature:

He shall lighten the rigours of thy journey and cheer thee when thou art sad.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
Nor will it unto you, that are all mercy, Show so much rigour.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810" by Various
His personal character was, owing to political motives, long treated with excessive rigour.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
By the rigour and cruelty of the law it may be a forcible evidence.
"State Trials, Political and Social" by Various
He has taken up their training with all his Scottish vim and thoroughness, and has insisted upon the full rigour of the game.
"To Mars via The Moon" by Mark Wicks
The rain is sweet; even the East winds bring their rigour and enticements.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
The story has the fatal progression, the dark rigour, of one of the tragic dramas of the Greeks.
"A Little Tour in France" by Henry James
Caged prisoners at Lingfield were not always treated with the utmost rigour of the law.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
I have seen conspiracies occasionally unpunished, and at other times visited by the utmost rigour of the law.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
He got them ratified by act of parliament, and then they began to be pressed with rigour.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie

In poetry:

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
But now let rigours of the season move
To generous sympathy and deeds of love:
So that the poor have cause long to remember
With gratitude even thee, dark stern November.
"November Findings--1862" by Janet Hamilton
But my father and mother were summoned away,
And they left me to hard-hearted strangers a prey;
I fled from their rigour with many a sigh,
And now I'm a poor little Wandering Boy.
"The Wandering Boy" by Henry Kirke White
Shivering beneath a leafless thorn he lay,
When Death's chill rigour seized his flowing tongue;
The more I found his faltering notes decay,
The more prophetic truth sublimed the song.
"Elegy XVIII. He Repeats the Song of Colin, a Discerning Shepherd" by William Shenstone
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:

It seems that the reason that inspite of rigourous efforts we have not seen graviton so far is because as shown here it does not exist.
To quantize or not to quantize gravity ?
It carries a wealth of information about the origin and evolution of the Universe in its signal, allowing predictions of the standard Big Bang model to be rigourously tested.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
Mathematical rigour and experimental data Physics is a science that tries to formulate abstract mathematical laws from observing natural phenomena.
Supersymmetric Gauge Theories from String Theory
It is probably fair to say that Einstein was the first theoretical physicist in a modern sense, since his reasoning used mathematical rigour rather than experimental data.
Supersymmetric Gauge Theories from String Theory
It is true that in LQG one puts stress on mathematical rigour.
Loop Quantum Gravity: An Inside View