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From Middle English rigour, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French rigor, from Latin rigor (stiffness, rigidity, rigor, cold, harshness), from rigere (to be rigid). Compare French rigueur.

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rigour (countable and uncountable, plural rigours)

  1. Severity or strictness.
  2. Harshness, as of climate.
  3. A trembling or shivering response.
  4. Character of being unyielding or inflexible.
  5. Shrewd questioning.
  6. Higher level of difficulty. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  7. (British) Misspelling of rigor (rigor mortis).

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