One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the mines were operated under conditions of some rigour’
strictness, severity, sternness, stringency, austerity, toughness, hardness, harshness, rigidity, inflexibility
cruelty, savagery, relentlessness, unsparingness, authoritarianism, despotism, intransigence
2‘a speech noted for its intellectual rigour’
meticulousness, thoroughness, carefulness, attention to detail, diligence, scrupulousness, exactness, exactitude, precision, accuracy, correctness, strictness, punctiliousness, conscientiousness
3rigours‘she could not face the rigours of the journey’
hardship, harshness, severity, adversity, suffering, privation, ordeal, misery, distress, trial
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