rigour definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun Chiefly British
Variant of rigor.
Variant of rigor
- harshness or severity; specif.,
- strictness or inflexibility: the rigor of martial law
- extreme hardship or difficulty: the rigors of life
- inclemency, as of weather
- exactness in precision or accuracy; exactitude
- a severe, harsh, or oppressive act, etc.
- stiffness; rigidity; specif., a condition of rigidity in body tissues or organs, in which there is no response to stimuli
- a shivering or trembling, as in the chill preceding a fever
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French rigueur ; from Classical Latin rigor ; from rigere: see rigid
Brit. sp. rigour