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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rig·or n.  [Written also rigour.]
 1. The becoming stiff or rigid; the state of being rigid; rigidity; stiffness; hardness.
 The rest his look
 Bound with Gorgonian rigor not to move.   --Milton.
 2. Med. See 1st Rigor, 2.
 3. Severity of climate or season; inclemency; as, the rigor of the storm; the rigors of winter.
 4. Stiffness of opinion or temper; rugged sternness; hardness; relentless severity; hard-heartedness; cruelty.
    All his rigor is turned to grief and pity.   --Denham.
 If I shall be condemn'd
 Upon surmises, . . . I tell you
 'T is rigor and not law.   --Shak.
 5. Exactness without allowance, deviation, or indulgence; strictness; as, the rigor of criticism; to execute a law with rigor; to enforce moral duties with rigor; -- opposed to lenity.
 6. Severity of life; austerity; voluntary submission to pain, abstinence, or mortification.
    The prince lived in this convent with all the rigor and austerity of a capuchin.   --Addison.
 7. Violence; force; fury. [Obs.]
    Whose raging rigor neither steel nor brass could stay.   --Spenser.
 Syn: -- Stiffness; rigidness; inflexibility; severity; austerity; sternness; harshness; strictness; exactness.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the quality of being logically valid [syn: cogency, validity,
      2: something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern winters"
         [syn: asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, severity,
      3: excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness
         of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
         [syn: severity, harshness, rigor, inclemency, hardness,