[syn: severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffness]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rigorous \Rig"or*ous\, a. [F. rigoureux, LL. rigorosus. See
1. Manifesting, exercising, or favoring rigor; allowing no
abatement or mitigation; scrupulously accurate; exact;
strict; severe; relentless; as, a rigorous officer of
justice; a rigorous execution of law; a rigorous
definition or demonstration.
He shall be thrown down the Tarpeian Rock
With rigorous hands. --Shak.
We do not connect the scattered phenomena into their
rigorous unity. --De Quincey.
2. Severe; intense; inclement; as, a rigorous winter.
3. Violent. [Obs.] "Rigorous uproar." --Spenser.
4. (Mathematics, Logic) Adhering scrupulously and exactly to
accepted principles; hence, logically valid; as, a
Syn: Rigid; inflexible; unyielding; stiff; severe; austere;
stern; harsh; strict; exact.
[1913 Webster] -- Rig"or*ous*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern
winters" [syn: asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor,
rigour, severity, severeness, rigorousness,
2: excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness
of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
[syn: severity, severeness, harshness, rigor,
rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency,