Definition of rigour noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English rigor) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪɡə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪɡər//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the fact of being careful and paying great attention to detail academic/intellectual/scientific, etc. rigour
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) the fact of being strict or severe synonym severity This crime must be treated with the full rigour of the law.
  3. 3the rigours of something [plural] the difficulties and unpleasant conditions of something The plants were unable to withstand the rigours of a harsh winter. She woke refreshed to face the rigours of a new day.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French rigour from Latin rigor ‘stiffness’.Extra examples He quickly proved he could handle the rigours of the job. I can only hope that they are applying rigour to these ideas and discoveries. The crime will be treated with the full rigour of the law. The thick coat of the mountain goat protects it against the rigours of winter. The town managed to escape the rigours of war. Their analysis lacks rigour. There is a need for academic rigour in approaching this problem. computers that are subjected to the rigours of the office environment methodology guidelines to maintain scientific rigour