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Definition of rigor:

  1. A sense of chilliness, with contraction of the skin; a convulsive shuddering or tremor, as in the chill preceding a fever.
  2. 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.
  3. Rigidity; stiffness.
  4. See 1st Rigor, 2.
  5. Severity of climate or season; inclemency; as, the rigor of the storm; the rigors of winter.
  6. Severity of life; austerity; voluntary submission to pain, abstinence, or mortification.
  7. Stiffness of opinion or temper; rugged sternness; hardness; relentless severity; hard- heartedness; cruelty.
  8. The becoming stiff or rigid; the state of being rigid; rigidity; stiffness; hardness.
  9. Violence; force; fury.

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roughness, insensibility, abrasiveness, austereness, cruelty, bad weather, stringency, validity, cogency, lustiness, inclementness, badness, rigour, awkwardness, easy, traditionalism, sternness, tenacity, austerity, rigidity, hardship, severeness, sharpness, obstinacy, scratchiness, difficulty, austerity, severity, validness, hardiness, cruelness, stubbornness, callosity, obduracy, harshness, sternness, clumsiness, unfeelingness, intolerance, freedom from deviation, toughness, hard knocks, uncompromisingness, adversity, hardness, ghastliness, grimness, inclemency, luridness, robustness, relentlessness, inexorability, rigorousness, inflexibility, difficulty, gracelessness, stringency, gruesomeness, vicissitude, stiffness, asperity, rigourousness, ruggedness, callousness, conventionalism.

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