Definition of rigour in English:


(US rigor)


mass noun
  • 1The quality of being extremely thorough and careful.

    ‘his analysis is lacking in rigour’
    • ‘The method of delivery may be important to student perceptions of course quality and rigor.’
    • ‘Although this book has a certain gossipy charm, it lacks intellectual depth or rigour.’
    • ‘Following this tack, he has promoted ideas, constructed theories, designed and carried out experiments, and built working prototypes - all with meticulous care and rigor.’
    • ‘Peer review, analysis and criticism are integral parts of intellectual and academic rigor.’
    • ‘Even though many projects are individually quite powerful in their intellectual reach and rigor, and some do reach across institutions, it is hard to look at them collectively and see more than a disconnected jumble.’
    • ‘Outstanding research was its underpinning, and intellectual rigour its hallmark.’
    • ‘It's up to you to decide how much time to invest in which area, and what level of rigor or method to apply to match the quality level needed.’
    • ‘He taught with the uncompromising rigor and attention to detail he had exhibited when I first knew him twenty years earlier, but also with a richness of life experience that enthralled our students.’
    • ‘To help achieve all this, the teachers were given training to enable them to apply academic and intellectual rigour to the teaching of the moving image, and to adapt old and invent new teaching methods.’
    • ‘Quality teaching and learning in the form of intellectual rigour was essential to the success of this project.’
    • ‘Such structures are necessary to protect national memory and to give a society confidence that the memory will be transmitted accurately and with intellectual rigour.’
    • ‘In each of these enterprises, she brought to bear her characteristic rigor and discernment, as well as the pellucid prose style for which she was justly celebrated.’
    • ‘Strong claims in either direction are dangerous and misleading, as well as lacking in intellectual rigor.’
    • ‘She referred to the honesty, integrity and intellectual rigour of Hodson and Archer's approach.’
    • ‘They understood that the university's chief appeal to many intellectuals was not its scholarly rigor but the sense of community it provided.’
    • ‘His intellectual rigour and sharp focus on finances have also kept Quinn out of financial trouble.’
    • ‘His experiments with Cubism, however, had none of the quality of intellectual rigour associated with Picasso and Braque, for Zadkine's primary concern was with dramatically expressive forms.’
    • ‘Not every one can speak across media and different institutions as Martin and Morris can with intellectual rigour, accessibility and a sense of humour and relevance.’
    • ‘What marks all of it, without exception, is intelligence and rigour, thoroughness and care, and an abiding dedication to the importance of the role architecture plays in an ever more complicated world.’
    • ‘We are applying the same analytical rigor to our efforts on diversity that we apply to other aspects of our operations.’
    meticulousness, thoroughness, carefulness, attention to detail, diligence, scrupulousness, exactness, exactitude, precision, accuracy, correctness, strictness, punctiliousness, conscientiousness
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    1. 1.1 Severity or strictness.
      ‘the full rigour of the law’
      • ‘Anyone suspected of any crime, or indeed anyone against whom there is evidence of any crime, may have applied to them the full rigour of measures that we could not justify for inclusion in normal criminal legislation.’
      • ‘It raises the question of whether the full rigour of the penalty points system will be brought to bear upon speeding civilian ministerial drivers.’
      • ‘The rigour of town planning laws will depend upon the philosophy of the government of the day.’
      • ‘Their complaint demanded that ‘she be punished according to the rigor of the law,’ which included a call for 50 livres in damages.’
      • ‘Enforcement is an assessment of countries' rigour in carrying out their laws.’
      strictness, severity, sternness, stringency, austerity, toughness, hardness, harshness, rigidity, inflexibility
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    2. 1.2rigours Harsh and demanding conditions.
      ‘the rigours of a harsh winter’
      • ‘Additionally, these products must survive the rigors of processing, storage, handling and distribution.’
      • ‘His legs wouldn't withstand the rigors of so many 36-hole matches.’
      • ‘Universities take many different and innovative approaches to prepare students for the rigors of college life.’
      • ‘Which player has the best chance of surviving the rigors of professional basketball?’
      • ‘Delicate as it is, sheet music is unlikely to survive the rigors of time.’
      • ‘Packaging materials that can withstand the rigors of dry heat are also now available.’
      • ‘Now that his destination was in sight, he could barely remember the rigors of the trail the rivers he and his squire had forded, the unrelenting pace he'd set for himself to get here in good time.’
      • ‘Enduring the rigors of selling books door to door is a lot easier for someone hungry to prove themselves.’
      • ‘I'm simply not made to handle the rigors of Detroit, and have never fully adapted to the city.’
      • ‘His traveling companions chalked it up to a combination of a nagging head cold, the rigors of covering the vast show, and jet lag from an itinerary that had sent him ping-ponging around the globe.’
      • ‘The corps seemed a bit subdued, doubtless saving themselves for the rigors to come.’
      • ‘But Khan still needs to prove he can withstand the physical rigors of a complete tournament.’
      • ‘I have every hope that she will make it through the rigors of treatment.’
      • ‘Forget the rigors of life on the plains in 1883, she said.’
      • ‘When in Spain he had made a point of sharing the rigours of his soldiers.’
      • ‘Out of the rigours of this harsh clime emerged a religion of stark simplicity which enjoined good thoughts, good words and good deeds, and respect for the environment.’
      hardship, harshness, severity, adversity, suffering, privation, ordeal, misery, distress, trial
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Late Middle English: from Old French rigour from Latin rigor ‘stiffness’.