(?), n. [OE. rigour, OF. rigour, F. rigueur, from L. rigor, fr. rigere to be stiff. See Rigid.]
[Written also rigour.]
1. The becoming stiff or rigid; the state of being rigid; rigidity; stiffness; hardness.
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The rest his look
Bound with Gorgonian rigor not to move.
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2. (Med.) See 1st Rigor, 2.
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3. Severity of climate or season; inclemency; as, the rigor of the storm; the rigors of winter.
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4. Stiffness of opinion or temper; rugged sternness; hardness; relentless severity; hard-heartedness; cruelty.
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All his rigor is turned to grief and pity.
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If I shall be condemn'd
Upon surmises, . . . I tell you
'T is rigor and not law.
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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.
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6. Severity of life; austerity; voluntary submission to pain, abstinence, or mortification.
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The prince lived in this convent with all the rigor and austerity of a capuchin.
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7. Violence; force; fury. [Obs.]
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Whose raging rigor neither steel nor brass could stay.
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Syn. -- Stiffness; rigidness; inflexibility; severity; austerity; sternness; harshness; strictness; exactness.
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