Rig"or(?), n. [OE. rigour, OF. rigour, F. rigueur, from L. rigor, fr. rigere to be stiff. See Rigid.]
The rest his lookMilton.
Bound with Gorgonian rigor not to move.
(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'dShak.
Upon surmises, . . . I tell you
'T is rigor and not law.
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
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.
Whose raging rigor neither steel nor brass could stay.Spenser.
Syn. -- Stiffness; rigidness; inflexibility; severity; austerity; sternness; harshness; strictness; exactness.
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