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rigor

RIG'OR, n. [L. from rigeo, to be stiff.

1. Stiffness; rigidness; as Gorgonian rigor.

2. In medicine, a sense of chilliness, with contradiction of the skin; a convulsive shuddering or slight tremor, as in the cold fit of a fever.

3. Stiffness of opinion or temper; severity; sternness.

All his rigor is turned to grief and pity.

4. Severity of life; austerity; voluntary submission to pain, abstinence or mortification.

5. Strictness; exactness without allowance, latitude or indulgence; as the rigor of criticism; to execute a law with rigor; to enforce moral duties with rigor.

6. violence; fury. [Not in use.]

7. Hardness; solidity. [Unusual.]

8. Severity; asperity; as the rigors of a cold winter.



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RIG'OR, n. [L. from rigeo, to be stiff.

1. Stiffness; rigidness; as Gorgonian rigor.

2. In medicine, a sense of chilliness, with contradiction of the skin; a convulsive shuddering or slight tremor, as in the cold fit of a fever.

3. Stiffness of opinion or temper; severity; sternness.

All his rigor is turned to grief and pity.

4. Severity of life; austerity; voluntary submission to pain, abstinence or mortification.

5. Strictness; exactness without allowance, latitude or indulgence; as the rigor of criticism; to execute a law with rigor; to enforce moral duties with rigor.

6. violence; fury. [Not in use.]

7. Hardness; solidity. [Unusual.]

8. Severity; asperity; as the rigors of a cold winter.

RIG'OR, n. [L. from rigeo, to be stiff; Fr. rigueur.]

  1. Stiffness; rigidness; as, Gorgonian rigor. – Milton.
  2. In medicine, a sense of chilliness, with contraction of the skin; a convulsive shuddering or slight tremor, as in the cold fit of a fever. – Coxe. Encyc. Parr.
  3. Stiffness of opinion or temper; severity; sternness. All his rigor is turned to grief and pity. – Denham.
  4. Severity of life; austerity; voluntary submission to pain, abstinence or mortification. – Fell.
  5. Strictness; exactness without allowance, latitude or indulgence; as, the rigor of criticism; to execute a law with rigor; to enforce moral duties with rigor.
  6. Violence; fury. [Not in use.] – Spenser.
  7. Hardness; solidity. [Unusual.] – Dryden.
  8. Severity; asperity; as the rigors of a cold winter.

||Ri"gor
  1. Rigidity; stiffness.
  2. The becoming stiff or rigid; the state of being rigid; rigidity; stiffness; hardness.

    The rest his look
    Bound with Gorgonian rigor not to move.
    Milton.

  3. A sense of chilliness, with contraction of the skin; a convulsive shuddering or tremor, as in the chill preceding a fever.

    ||Rigor caloris ((?)) [L., rigor of heat] (Physiol.), a form of rigor mortis induced by heat, as when the muscle of a mammal is heated to about 50°C. -- ||Rigor mortis ((?)) [L. , rigor of death], death stiffening; the rigidity of the muscles that occurs at death and lasts till decomposition sets in. It is due to the formation of myosin by the coagulation of the contents of the individual muscle fibers.

  4. See 1st Rigor, 2.
  5. Severity of climate or season; inclemency; as, the rigor of the storm; the rigors of winter.
  6. 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'd
    Upon surmises, . . . I tell you
    'T is rigor and not law.
    Shak.

  7. 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.
  8. 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.

  9. Violence; force; fury.

    [Obs.]

    Whose raging rigor neither steel nor brass could stay. Spenser.

    Syn. -- Stiffness; rigidness; inflexibility; severity; austerity; sternness; harshness; strictness; exactness.

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Rigor

RIG'OR, noun [Latin from rigeo, to be stiff.

1. Stiffness; rigidness; as Gorgonian rigor

2. In medicine, a sense of chilliness, with contradiction of the skin; a convulsive shuddering or slight tremor, as in the cold fit of a fever.

3. Stiffness of opinion or temper; severity; sternness.

All his rigor is turned to grief and pity.

4. Severity of life; austerity; voluntary submission to pain, abstinence or mortification.

5. Strictness; exactness without allowance, latitude or indulgence; as the rigor of criticism; to execute a law with rigor; to enforce moral duties with rigor

6. violence; fury. [Not in use.]

7. Hardness; solidity. [Unusual.]

8. Severity; asperity; as the rigors of a cold winter.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

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