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rigorous as in:  we follow a rigorous procedure

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  • The scientist conducted a rigorous study to ensure the results were reliable.
  • He said I'd been educated according to a rigorous program designed by my mother, who'd made sure I met all the requirements to graduate.   (source)
    rigorous = with thorough and careful procedures
  • The dedicated girls were shut up inside the temple compound, fed the best of everything to keep them sleek and healthy, and rigorously trained so they would be ready for the great day — able to fulfill their duties with decorum, and without quailing.   (source)
    rigorously = thoroughly and carefully
  • There, a worker cut a strip off the edge, divided it into squares, and put each through a series of rigorous tests.   (source)
    rigorous = thorough and careful
  • Everything speaks of a hasty departure or a rigorous search or both.   (source)
  • By itself, the regimen proposed here, when followed rigorously, can purify the foulest breath.   (source)
    rigorously = thoroughly and carefully
  • ...and none of his contemporaries seemed as rigorous and as learned as he in his science,   (source)
    rigorous = thorough and careful
  • a methodology that was logical and systematic and rational and rigorous   (source)
  • ...it meant the rigorous verification of hypotheses by means of repeated empirical observation,   (source)
    rigorous = thorough and careful procedures (for)
  • Terminus conducted a rigorous mental pat down.   (source)
    rigorous = thorough and careful
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  • The workplace at FutureCall is even more rigorously controlled than the one at McDonald's.   (source)
    rigorously = thoroughly and carefully
  • crowded on the left by an overweight biography of a minor actress, and on the right by the once-bestselling novel of an author that everyone had since forgotten, it hardly left its spine visible to even the most rigorous browser.   (source)
    rigorous = thorough and careful
  • And it forced us to develop the logic and rigor that would lead to systematic investigations of reality, to science, art, music, mathematics.   (source)
    rigor = difficult (thorough and careful)
  • Over the years, everything from samurai swords to inflatable dates had been dragged through the doors; despite Julie's rigorous denials, it was in this category that Singer also fell.   (source)
    rigorous = thorough
  • Unsatisfied, he punched in the CHECKLIM program, a more rigorous testing of the circuit banks.   (source)
    rigorous = thorough and careful
  • For although I have spent ample hours of my adult life rigorously assessing and figuring all sorts of human calculations, the flesh math, as we say, I retain an amazing facility for discharging to hope and dumb chance the things most precious to me.   (source)
    rigorously = thoroughly and carefully
  • ...they should be determined by rigorous scientific criteria.   (source)
    rigorous = thorough and careful
  • We all submitted to a rigorous search.   (source)
  • My watch was still unwound, and I am rigorously accustomed to wind it the last thing before going to bed, and many such details.   (source)
    rigorously = strictly
  • and proceeded again to make rigorous investigation of the premises.   (source)
    rigorous = thorough and careful
  • Had all regrets been punished as rigorously as...   (source)
    rigorously = thoroughly
  • The meatpacking industry is now willing to perform the sort of rigorous testing for fast food chains that it refuses to do for the general public.   (source)
    rigorous = thorough and careful
  • He greatly admired Henry Ford and introduced an assembly line and a rigorous division of labor at the Disney Studio, which was soon depicted as a "fun factory."   (source)
  • The McDonald's Corporation led the way in the standardization of America's retail environments, rigorously controlling the appearance of its restaurants inside and out.   (source)
    rigorously = thoroughly and carefully
  • ...and his person rigorously searched under my own inspection.   (source)
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rigorous as in:  a rigorous math class

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  • Navy SEALs go through an incredibly rigorous qualification and training program.
  • He measured himself and those around him by an impossibly rigorous moral code.   (source)
  • Only one of us here today has ever undergone the rigorous training required of a Receiver.   (source)
  • While most other recruits—that's what they called us; we had to earn the title "marine" by completing the rigors of boot camp—received a letter every day or two, I sometimes received a half dozen each night.   (source)
    rigors = difficulties (things that are difficult and demanding)
  • The rest of the class was very eager to leave; Moody had given them such a rigorous test of hex-deflection that many of them were nursing small injuries.   (source)
    rigorous = difficult and demanding
  • After the rigors of last night a bit of sleep might have been in order.   (source)
    rigors = difficulties (things that are difficult and demanding)
  • George, Sampson, and Rameck now felt a lot more confident about facing the rigors of college work and thankful that their parents and teachers could once again applaud for them as they reached another milestone.   (source)
  • The county judges, none of whom believes this school capable of turning out anything but football players, will question you rigorously on your project.   (source)
    rigorously = in a difficult and demanding manner
  • Ken has learned how to handle the rigors of working in a packing plant and is trying to help others do the same.   (source)
    rigors = difficulties
  • He read rigorously for several days, caught a few small errors, and penciled in supporting facts, especially about his evolved musical tastes.   (source)
    rigorously = with energetic effort (in a difficult and demanding manner)
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  • ...she would have no idea of the rigors of running a hospital in Africa.   (source)
    rigors = difficulties (things that are difficult and demanding)
  • To hear him tell it, they were marble-lined palaces, an escape from the rigors of the newsroom.   (source)
  • Immediately after collection, Maycomb Methodists sang what they called the Doxology in lieu of the minister praying over the collection plate to spare him the rigors involved in inventing yet another prayer, since by that time he had uttered three healthy invocations.   (source)
  • They would be tough, hardy bugs, able to withstand the rigors of space, and they would grow and duplicate and divide.   (source)
  • ...the moose appeared in greater abundance, moving slowly down to meet the winter in the lower and less rigorous valleys.   (source)
    rigorous = difficult and demanding
  • The rigors of faith are gone.†   (source)
  • While my teachers labored over the rigors of their chosen subject, I sat in the back, pretty much bored out of my mind.†   (source)
  • We had suffered the academic rigors of Gravesend Academy; the course work at the University of New Hampshire was very easy in comparison.†   (source)
  • Phil had described the rigors of working in a lumbermill, and it had certainly sounded difficult.†   (source)
  • I thought a, shall we say, less imaginative individual would be less susceptible to the rigors, the loneliness —†   (source)
  • But when she saw him enter the house in the middle of Colonel Aureliano Buendia's noisy escort and she saw how he had been mistreated by the rigors of exile, made old by age and oblivion, dirty with sweat and dust, smelling like a herd, ugly, with his left arm in a sling, she felt faint with disillusionment.†   (source)
  • It may have been that they were weak people, ill suited for the rigors of emigration, its humiliations and compromises, its competing demands of self-discipline and adventurousness.†   (source)
  • But all of it has learned how to survive under these rigors.†   (source)
  • The rigors had made his teeth chatter and the bed shake.†   (source)
  • Today he did spend some exhausting hours-in the dimness of the boat cabin, incidentally-while we were out in the elements, soaking up the Vitamin D. Of course, that may have exhausted him to some extent, those rigors down below, but think of it, friends.†   (source)
  • He closed his eyes, in either the ecstasy of relief or the rigors of concentration.†   (source)
  • An enormously fat woman, toothless, wrinkled, and grizzled by the rigors of mountain life, appeared.†   (source)
  • The rigors of the campaign may well kill him.†   (source)
  • The chaplain was moved almost to tears by the harassed, bedraggled picture the captain presented, and he filled with deference and compassion at the thought of the many severe rigors the poor man had to endure daily.†   (source)
  • It offered relief from the rigors of the gorges and had been a caravan stop on the trade route from Kargil, now in Indian Kashmir, to Central Asia.†   (source)
  • FMS had classes in specialized life-saving skills, and Jack was also expected to endure the rigors of battle like any leatherneck.†   (source)
  • As for his initial concern that the rigors of Congress might be too much for someone of such delicate appearance, Adams had learned better.†   (source)
  • You aren't ready for the rigors of industry.†   (source)
  • Babcock sent him out with a stern warning: His leg would not stand the rigors of riding.†   (source)
  • For them, summer was a time of hard, endless work to prepare for the rigors of winter.†   (source)
  • After his deliveries, he would gather with street children and walk through Monterrey unsupervised and free from the rigors of the strict world of his sergeant father.†   (source)
  • And you have forgotten that in peacetime most veterans come from non-combatant auxiliary services and have not been subjected to the full rigors of military discipline; they have merely been harried, overworked, and endangered — yet their votes count.†   (source)
  • The sensuality, in certain rigors.†   (source)
  • His face spoke eloquently of the day's rigors.†   (source)
  • It was the custom of Randy and Dan to meet in the apartment at six each evening, listen for the clear channel station which would be heard at this hour if at all, and, if they were tired and the rigors of the day warranted, share a drink.†   (source)
  • Weary, haggard and unshaven Senators, slumped despondently in their chairs after the rigors of an all-night session, muttered "Vote, Vote" in the hopes of discouraging any further oratory on a bill already certain of passage.†   (source)
  • I was undoubtedly on an upward trajectory, but even toward the end of high school, C's in easy classes revealed a kid unprepared for the rigors of advanced education.   (source)
    rigors = difficulties
  • He did calisthenics each morning to get in shape for the rigors of the bush and discussed backcountry survival strategies at length with Bob, a self-styled survivalist.   (source)
    rigors = difficulties (things that are difficult and demanding)
  • Usually students had difficulty adjusting to the rigorous classes, especially if they had not attended University the first two years, but Rameck slid in easily and made good grades from the beginning.   (source)
    rigorous = difficult and demanding
  • A couple of weeks later, after Rameck had complained about the rigors of the program one too many times for Carla, she stopped him after class.   (source)
    rigors = difficulties (things that are difficult and demanding)
  • From the airline industry to the publishing business, from the railroads to telecommunications, American corporations have worked hard to avoid the rigors of the market by eliminating and absorbing their rivals.   (source)
    rigors = difficulties
  • A negotiation was opened through the medium of the ambassador, Sam; and after much pacing to and fro, till, I think, the said Sam's calves must have ached with the exercise, permission was at last, with great difficulty, extorted from the rigorous Sibyl, for the three to wait upon her in a body.   (source)
    rigorous = difficult (or strict about how things should be done)
  • Yet that thought carried its own rigors, hardening him to his purpose.†   (source)
  • The rigors, he knew, would last about five seconds.†   (source)
  • The rigors.†   (source)
  • Additionally, because most Sherpas had lived for generations in villages situated between 9,000 and 14,000 feet, they were physiologically adapted to the rigors of high altitude.†   (source)
  • Everyone suspected that the rigors of a good school would have the desired, dulling effect on Noah and Simon—Gravesend Academy would assault them with a host of new demands, of impossible standards.†   (source)
  • Jessica imagined herself leaving the rigors of Arrakis for the life of power and security she could know as mother of a royal consort.†   (source)
  • She tried to see the desert through his eyes, seeking to encompass all the rigors this planet accepted as commonplace, wondering at the possible futures Paul had glimpsed.†   (source)
  • The Bene Gesserit were well aware that the rigors of such a planet as Arrakis with its totality of desert landscape, its absolute lack of open water, its emphasis on the most primitive necessities for survival, inevitably produces a high proportion of sensitives.†   (source)
  • She glanced at him, catching the odd tone, but her mind was still on Paul, thinking of the new rigors in his training here, thinking of the differences in his life now—so very different from the life they once had planned for him.†   (source)
  • Transito Ariza altered the clothing and made it smaller for her son, who was less corpulent than his father and much shorter than the German, and she bought him woolen socks and long underwear so that he would have everything he needed to resist the rigors of the mountain wastelands.†   (source)
  • His math score went up to 580, an improvement of 50 points over the spring, probably due to his summertime rigors at MIT.†   (source)
  • Like Minniver Cheevy, he had been born too late — exactly thirty-six hours too late for the physical well-being of his mother, a gentle, ailing woman who, after a full day and a half's agony in the rigors of childbirth, was depleted of all resolve to pursue further the argument over the new child's name.†   (source)
  • Exhausted from the rigors of her bath, Ameh Bozorg had returned from the hamoom and gone straight to bed, complaining of aching bones.†   (source)
  • He was still supremely fit from football and the high-school track team, so the rigors of basic training weren't as memorable to Mortenson as the poor morale he found endemic in the post-Vietnam military.†   (source)
  • He had the squat muscled body of a middle-weight wrestler, and he would have little difficulty in surviving the physical rigors of the system.†   (source)
  • Lady Sybelle's infant daughter was still on the breast, and she had judged the girl too delicate to expose to the rigors of another stormy crossing.†   (source)
  • The next day, Cedric awakens with renewed ardor, a determination to compete on an even footing, to meet Brown's academic rigors head-on.†   (source)
  • I want each of them to know the pleasure of walking up to his parents four years from now, strong, proud, clear-eyed, and erect, and thanking you for giving him the strength and fortitude to endure the rigors of the plebe system.†   (source)
  • And the rigors of prison didn't dim his ardor for you?†   (source)
  • Cheerfully he might endure the rigors of the road to Samarkand, but from London to Paris he would spend his last tenner on the Golden Arrow.†   (source)
  • Probably, therefore, he will say something like this: While freely conceding that the Soviet régime exhibits certain features which the humanitarian may be inclined to deplore, we must, I think, agree that a certain curtailment of the right to political opposition is an unavoidable concomitant of transitional periods, and that the rigors which the Russian people have been called upon to undergo have been amply justified in the sphere of concrete achievement.†   (source)
  • I was making what I should have called a reconnaissance if I had ever returned to my superior officers to tell the tale, but in plain truth I had lost my way in the mountains, and of my men only seven out of over a hundred survived the rigors of the climate.†   (source)
  • He had been a dashing and resourceful officer during the war, but two severe wounds and four years of fighting seemed to have drained him of all his resourcefulness, leaving him to face the rigors of peace as bewildered as a child.†   (source)
  • The true life and satisfactions of man seem to elude the utmost rigors or felicities of condition, and to establish themselves with great indifferency under all varieties of circumstances.†   (source)
  • The rigors which had attacked Barrois gradually increased, the features of the face became quite altered, and the convulsive movement of the muscles appeared to indicate the approach of a most serious nervous disorder.†   (source)
  • The desert cannot be explored without capital or credit; and the body must be accustomed to the rigors of a new climate before it can be exposed to the chances of forest life.†   (source)
  • I had speedy proofs that the excellent abbe was engaged in my behalf, for the rigors of my imprisonment were alleviated by many trifling though acceptable indulgences, and I was told that my trial was to be postponed to the assizes following those now being held.†   (source)
  • Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be.   (source)
    rigour = difficulty
    unconventional spelling: This is a British spelling. Americans use rigor.
  • where firm fields of ice, the accumulation of centuries of winters, glazed in Alpine heights above heights, surround the pole, and concentre the multiplied rigours of extreme cold.   (source)
    rigours = difficulties
    unconventional spelling: This is a British spelling. Americans use rigors.
  • ...he arrests him on it;
    And follows close the rigour of the statute
    To make him an example; ...   (source)
    rigour = difficult and demanding requirements
  • And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: (1:13)   (source)
    rigour = difficult and demanding effort
  • the rigour of our state   (source)
    rigour = difficulties and demands
  • I stood by the bed looking down at him, so exhausted from the rigors of the day that I felt no more than a sort of dull despair.   (source)
    rigors = difficulties
  • A small, elderly man of neat, precise habits, he wore a coat of fine broadcloth, fine woolen hose, a linen shirt whose stock bore the merest suggestion of lace, and breeches of a fabric that was a nicely judged compromise between the rigors of travel and the status of his calling.   (source)
    rigors = demands or difficult requirements
  • In the next place, reason directs us to keep our minds as free from passion and as cheerful as we can, and that we should consider ourselves as bound by the ties of good-nature and humanity to use our utmost endeavours to help forward the happiness of all other persons; for there never was any man such a morose and severe pursuer of virtue, such an enemy to pleasure, that though he set hard rules for men to undergo, much pain, many watchings, and other rigors, yet did not at the same time advise them to do all they could in order to relieve and ease the miserable, and who did not represent gentleness and good-nature as amiable dispositions.†   (source)
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rigorous as in:  rigorous enforcement

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  • The teacher’s rigorous enforcement of classroom rules ensured a disciplined learning environment.
  • In college McCandless began emulating Tolstoy's asceticism and moral rigor to a degree that first astonished, and then alarmed, those who were close to him.   (source)
    rigor = strictness (when enforcing rules)
  • His stern measures as Director were given an odd legitimacy by his personal life, the rigor of his insistent celibacy.   (source)
  • The evidence shows that he had been exceptionally dedicated, and it is precisely that rigorous and unbending attitude of spirit—the concept of duty and obedience above all which dwells unshakably in the mind of every good soldier—that gives his memoirs a desolating convincingness.   (source)
    rigorous = strict when enforcing rules
  • For a very long period before the time of Our Ford, and even for some generations afterwards, erotic play between children had been regarded as abnormal (there was a roar of laughter); and not only abnormal, actually immoral (no!): and had therefore been rigorously suppressed.   (source)
    rigorously = strictly
  • Indeed, at least two of the commercial expeditions on Everest in the spring of 1996 included Himalayan veterans who would be considered qualified by the most rigorous standards.   (source)
    rigorous = strict
  • Among other things, he was rigorously conventional and had quickly accommodated himself to McGraw-Hill's tidy, colorless and archconservative mold.   (source)
    rigorously = in a manner that strictly enforces rules
  • the rigour of severest law   (source)
    rigour = strict enforcement
    unconventional spelling: This is a British spelling. Americans use rigor.
  • Have seal'd his rigorous statutes with their bloods,   (source)
    rigorous = strict
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  • I confess, our rigor and precision wearies me at times.†   (source)
  • It took me years to overcome the beauty expectations of Iranian culture and a few more years to overcome growing up in Newport Beach, where the standard of beauty involves rigorous exercise, bottles of hydrogen peroxide, and silicone.†   (source)
  • We are a congregation of Catholics who have chosen as our priority to follow Catholic doctrine as rigorously as we can in our own daily lives.†   (source)
  • As if, at every meal, the cadets fill their tin cups not with the cold mineralized water of Schulpforta but with a spirit that leaves them glazed and dazzled, as if they ward off a vast and inevitable tidal wave of anguish only by staying forever drunk on rigor and exercise and gleaming boot leather.†   (source)
  • The only rule, which had not been rigorously enforced, was that you couldn't aim at anything made of glass.†   (source)
  • The accused man sat so rigorously in his chair, so unmovable and stolid.†   (source)
  • Nevertheless, in my grandmother's view, it required nearly constant effort to keep track of the world—both our own world and the world outside the sphere of Gravesend—and it required effort and intelligence to make nearly constant comment on one's observations; in these efforts, Grandmother was rigorous and unswerving.†   (source)
  • There were application forms, twenty pages long, and thick, densely printed admission handbooks from Edinburgh and London whose methodical, exacting prose seemed to be a foretaste of a new kind of academic rigor.†   (source)
  • They'd both been brought up Christian, had gone to a rigorous Christian elementary school.†   (source)
  • THE PLEASANT SURPRISE WAS that after the trauma of getting in, the early-college program wasn't nearly as rigorous as I'd feared.†   (source)
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  • Of Rigor and Air-conditioning.†   (source)
  • And their critical advantage in climbing the professional ladder wasn't the intellectual rigor you get from studying the Talmud.†   (source)
  • The press ran story after story about the brave men at the Ohio Penitentiary, praising them as "the first healthy human beings ever to agree to such rigorous cancer experiments."†   (source)
  • Mack was born somewhere in the Midwest, a farm boy in an Irish-American family committed to calloused hands and rigorous rules.†   (source)
  • They needed rigorous daily exercise or they could become destructive.†   (source)
  • Coach DeLeone prided himself on his rigor and the high expectations he had for his players.†   (source)
  • The hot sun dried Sethe's dress, stiff, like rigor morris.†   (source)
  • They were slightly hungry, yes, but slept well because the labor was lengthy and rigorous.†   (source)
  • It was the kind of love that, sooner or later, cornered you into a choice: either you tore free or you stayed and withstood its rigor even as it squeezed you into something smaller than yourself.†   (source)
  • And before we got to do that, we had another rigorous training schedule to complete, including one fourteen-mile run along the beach and back.†   (source)
  • All will pass the most rigorous scrutiny by experts.†   (source)
  • And just to be able to do that, I have to undergo rigorous training.†   (source)
  • Arcadio continued tightening the tourniquet with unnecessary rigor until he became the cruelest ruler that Macondo had ever known.†   (source)
  • We did Midnight Lifts in the summer that were particularly rigorous.†   (source)
  • Questions of guardianship are therefore potentially sensitive political issues, and are protected by rigorous regulations and controlled by the Guardianship Agency.†   (source)
  • It doesn't always succeed, but we adhere to our rituals rigorously, for they protect us from extremes.†   (source)
  • He appeared at the wake dressed in rigorous black, with his granddaughter Alba.†   (source)
  • There was a kind of rigor in this.†   (source)
  • And terrifying that the terms of love are so rigorous, its checks and liberties so tightly bound together.†   (source)
  • Ifthe school was as academically rigorous as Elliot claimed, how did Jules continually have time to make the drive to Coldwater to visit?†   (source)
  • Healdtown life was rigorous.†   (source)
  • Juilliard had actually suggested the deferral, wanting to make sure that Mia was able to play up to the school's rigorous standards, if she chose to attend.†   (source)
  • 'But Perkins Day is more rigorous, academically, than you're used to.†   (source)
  • Oportunidades provided for rigorous evaluation—something that is lacking in too many aid programs.†   (source)
  • This later became an aphorism in his famous textbook, a Stonism as readers called it: "If the teeth chatter it is a chill, but if the bed shakes it is a true rigor   (source)
  • You'll recall McMurphy came in full steam, from a rigorous life outdoors on a work farm, ruddy of face and abloom with physical health.†   (source)
  • From the beginning, Feldman kept rigorous data on his bagel business.†   (source)
  • By shaking us up, using a rigorous approach, she hoped to both encourage us to write poems that meant, and to dispel any belief that feigning despond was what created good poetry.†   (source)
  • Zayd is the embodiment of an ethos that, more than anything, defines merit around this campus and many elite institutions like it: constant, fearless, rigorous experimentation-both social and intellectual.†   (source)
  • During the long, rigorous paddle, his boat crew would try to rotate out with him but Adam routinely refused.†   (source)
  • Now I sat down to write a different kind of letter, one that tried to convey how much she meant to me, how much she had taught me, how I wanted to emulate her rigor and rectitude, how much I loved her and missed her.†   (source)
  • He had started with more than sixty of them, but the training had proved too rigorous for many.†   (source)
  • I had a fantastic job and even completed rigorous training as a paratrooper.†   (source)
  • Peru had established its rigorous tb program, its model who program, only four years back, in 1991.†   (source)
  • Mortenson relished the challenge and took pride in the rigorous route they'd chosen.†   (source)
  • Several of the vaccines, however, would be subjected to a whole new gamut of rigorous testing procedures if Congress passed the new legislation introduced by Merton Gains before he became deputy secretary of state.†   (source)
  • When I get to the gallery showing a history of fashion, I become quite rigorous and scholarly.†   (source)
  • He, too, kept to a rigorous schedule and was an exuberant talker.†   (source)
  • But somehow I expected something more rigorous.†   (source)
  • His career had been noteworthy only in its appalling rigor.†   (source)
  • Thus it is that the postulates can remain rigorously true even though the experimental laws that have determined their adoption are only approximative.†   (source)
  • Connor nearly dropped his spoon at the mention of Rowan's high-tech and rigorous training simulator.†   (source)
  • So rigor would've just started by then.†   (source)
  • People were looking at them with anxious curiosity, with envy, with respect, with the fear of offending an unknown, proudly rigorous standard, some almost with an air of apology that seemed to say: "Please forgive us for being married."†   (source)
  • Ninety minutes later, the boys flopped in their cots, exhausted from the laps and rigorous postgame practice.†   (source)
  • Mother and daughter were secure, pensioned by the government, and, like, all high-level defectors, he was subjected to the most rigorous examinations designed to trap potential infiltrators.†   (source)
  • My gentlemen's club has expressed a very keen interest in me, and I've been told I shall face a rigorous initiation into their sacred rites before the season commences.†   (source)
  • What I am paid to do is to observe him in a rigorous present tense, as a subject dynamically inhabiting a scene, as a phenomenon of study.†   (source)
  • His confidence was growing, and the relief that he felt for having survived so rigorous a social test brought him not just ease, but rapture.†   (source)
  • Therefore, we may infer that a single man would most carefully study the motives that might plead for a mitigation of the rigor of the law.†   (source)
  • Through rigorous harshness, I became soft and learned to trust that softness.†   (source)
  • There was a coldness about him, a rigorous self-sufficiency which perfectly equipped him for the business of murder.†   (source)
  • Our training is very rigorous.†   (source)
  • I wanted a three-quarter-ton pick-up truck, capable of going anywhere under possibly rigorous conditions, and on this truck I wanted a little house built like the cabin of a small boat.†   (source)
  • Mixed herds of does with fawns were much more interesting to the wolves, for the percentage of injured, malformed or inferior individuals is naturally higher among the fawns, who have not yet been subjected to any prolonged period of rigorous natural selection.†   (source)
  • Moving in a rigorous line, I made beautiful connections, for a change.†   (source)
  • Also, countless children who passed initial screenings but who later failed to meet more rigorous racial tests were exterminated—some at Auschwitz.†   (source)
  • As soon as the fanfare is finished NORFOLK speaks) NORFOLK (Takes refuge behind a rigorously official manner) Sir Thomas More, you are called before us here at the Hall of Westminster to answer charge of High Treason.†   (source)
  • Anyone without a workbook, or filling it in incorrectly, or (still worse) fraudulently, will be prosecuted with the utmost rigor of the wartime regulations.†   (source)
  • She ordered lives about and moved people from one place to another in the town, brought them together or drove them apart, with the mystical and rigorous devotion of a priestess in a story; and she prophesied all the things beforehand.†   (source)
  • They'd like to have the body before rigor.†   (source)
  • He would remember how rigorously her hair had been woven into a black knot against the nape of her neck.†   (source)
  • There are limits to what even the most rigorously scientific breeding program can accomplish—based not only on the foundation stock and the limits of precision we have for measuring the dogs, but on limits that come from within us—limits, in other words, of our own imagination, and of ourselves as conscientious human beings.†   (source)
  • When he saw her, as he sometimes did, in the aisles of Petersen's Grocery or on the street in Amity Harbor, he turned away from seeing her with just a little less hurry than she turned away from seeing him; they avoided one another rigorously.†   (source)
  • And despite the numbing shock that afflicted the members of the Millennium team who were there that Maundy Thursday morning, professionalism took over and was rigorously channelled into work.†   (source)
  • Every year, at this season, another movement had gone clicking across the country, drawing freight cars from all corners of the continent to the Minnesota Division of Taggart Transcontinental, the beat of train wheels preceding the creak of the wagons, like an advance echo rigorously planned, ordered and timed to meet the flood.†   (source)
  • At J. T.'s direction, the ledgers had been rigorously compiled: sales, wages, dues, even the death benefits paid out to the families of murdered members.†   (source)
  • Up to this point, we have rigorously analyzed the convention's work as if it had the authority to establish a Constitution for the United States.†   (source)
  • Now that his flight was so rigorously approaching its end, a light appeared, a backward light, throwing his terrors into relief.†   (source)
  • These approaches should be rigorously tried on a randomized basis, and assessed by outside evaluators, so that we can determine which are most cost-effective.†   (source)
  • Rigorously trained in several philosophical schools, he had realized early in his university career that, however admirable any one of them, none was sufficient to explain life in the world.†   (source)
  • Yet I have seen your records and you are nearly as rigorous as Fortunate Fields.†   (source)
  • But he was a rigorous debater when it came to company policy.†   (source)
  • The laps were an attachment to rigorous work, the interval that completes the octave.†   (source)
  • I hear it's pretty rigorous academically.†   (source)
  • There exists a rigorous supervision of guardianship cases.†   (source)
  • The training is most rigorous, Your Grace.†   (source)
  • He grabbed my elbow tightly in his hand and took off, setting a rigorous pace.†   (source)
  • It involves an even more rigorous course of training.†   (source)
  • One of the enlisted men couldn't help himself and let out a snort at my pained rigor.†   (source)
  • There was a sheerness, the smoothest rigor to her cheek, as if it were the keen wall of a canyon.†   (source)
  • Still in rigor, though it was well on its way down and the muscles were relaxing.†   (source)
  • His heart beat faster—faster than during his rigorous workout.†   (source)
  • I was able to make out some of the names, great strong simple names, suggesting a moral rigor.†   (source)
  • This was the death ritual—the most rigorous of all the degrees—the moment in which the initiate was forced "to face the final challenge of personal extinction."†   (source)
  • Langdon had read many times about the rigorous requirements for becoming one of the elite Swiss Guard.†   (source)
  • She decreed an end to the numerous superimposed periods of mourning and she herself exchanged her rigorous old gowns for youthful clothing.†   (source)
  • UNTIL THEY STARTED paying left tackles huge sums of money, the NFL talent evaluators didn't really have a rigorous idea of what one looked like.†   (source)
  • Over the next half hour, Langdon showed them slides of artwork by Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer, Da Vinci, and many others, demonstrating each artist's intentional and rigorous adherence to the Divine Proportion in the layout of his compositions.†   (source)
  • Although the guard had undergone rigorous training preparing him for tense situations, he still sensed his pulse rising.†   (source)
  • With football season behind me, I moved on to the other sports I played for Trinity—basketball and baseball—both of which had rigorous schedules.†   (source)
  • He began by advising her to moderate the rigor of her mourning, to ventilate the house, to forgive the world for the death of Jose Arcadio.†   (source)
  • At seventy-nine years old he had crossed the unspoken threshold beyond which the college no longer trusted one's health to withstand the rigorous schedule of the papacy.†   (source)
  • Edgar looked at the Coke bottle in his rigor-locked hand and Ida's monkey fingers encasing his wrist like a hot iron manacle and then he saw that the bottle had changed.†   (source)
  • He had not said a word yet, and Langdon sensed a new rigor in the man, as if a turning point had been reached.†   (source)
  • In spite of her secret hostility toward the colonel, it was Fernanda who imposed the rigor of that mourning, impressed by the solemnity with which the government exalted the memory of its dead enemy.†   (source)
  • The rigor of the mourning for Remedios had been relegated to the background by the mortifications of the war, Aureliano's absence, Arcadio's brutality, and the expulsion of Jose Arcadio and Rebeca.†   (source)
  • As soon as they had taken off the mourning clothes for their grandmother, which they wore with inflexible rigor for three years, their bright clothes seemed to have given them a new place in the world.†   (source)
  • The standards for admission were rigorous, but the deadline for applying was June instead of January.†   (source)
  • One of the largest and most rigorous studies of this kind, for example, is known as the Colorado Adoption Project.†   (source)
  • Eragon considered the elves' restraint an innate characteristic of their race, as well as a natural outcome of their rigorous upbringing, education, and use of the ancient language.†   (source)
  • It was smaller and more academically rigorous, although not nearly as much as KiffneyBrown, the charter school to which I transferred junior year.†   (source)
  • They were the beneficiaries of a rigorous ongoing series of analyses about what their opponent's next moves might be.†   (source)
  • The new him, thinner by twenty pounds as a result of rigorous exercise, prompted by the incessant news of how the country was growing fatter by the day, stood naked in the full-length bathroom mirror.†   (source)
  • He was only showing what is always there beneath the spatial esthetics and the mind-modeling rigor of the game, beneath the forevisional bursts of insight—an autoworld of pain and loss.†   (source)
  • For that, and much more, I am inexpressibly thankful to my world-beating nine-yearold son, Walter, who, among his many contributions, did an artful job copy-editing chapter 7; and my six-year-old son, Owen, who joyfully works harder and accomplishes more on any given day than I have in this rigorous past year.†   (source)
  • She didn't understand that there weren't moments in our language-the rigorous, regimental one of family and servants-when the woman's name could have naturally come out.†   (source)
  • For the first few strenuous minutes, they were fairly matched, but in the end, Glaedr's strength, experience, and cunning combined with Arya's rigorous proficiency proved too much for Eragon and Saphira to overcome, and they had no choice but to concede defeat.†   (source)
  • Almaz, who had become so lean from rigorous fasting, squatted behind his chair with her hand on his shoulder; Hema sat on the arm of the chair, so Ghosh's head could rest against her body.†   (source)
  • I'm going to be really rigorous about this, because David E. Barton says the very act of noting down purchases should have a curtailing effect.†   (source)
  • There was a cold symmetry to General Durrell's office, a rigorous attention to detail that was both fastidious and obsessive.†   (source)
  • With rigorous training he had improved his strokes and bettered his time by the final week of phase one, but not by enough.†   (source)
  • In a way, it was a lot like the kind of failure suffered by the Getty when it came to evaluating the kouros: they had conducted a thoroughly rational and rigorous analysis that covered every conceivable contingency, yet that analysis somehow missed a truth that should have been picked up instinctively.†   (source)
  • After three months of feverish lovemaking he concluded that one of them was sterile, and they both submitted to rigorous examinations at the HÃ'pital de la Salpatriere, where he had been an intern.†   (source)
  • Sex was almost as satisfying as a rigorous workout at the gym, but at a mature thirty-plus or, rather, forty-minus, Figuerola had begun to think that maybe she ought to start looking for a steady partner and a more permanent living arrangement.†   (source)
  • Entrusted to assistant trainer James Fitzsimmons, Jr., while Sunny Jim manned the helm on the more precocious horses, Seabiscuit began a regimen of incredibly rigorous campaigning.†   (source)
  • Deo enrolled in Columbia's American Language Program, an ESL program essentially, but more rigorous than most.†   (source)
  • He is a psychologist by training, but he also studied mathematics at MIT, and the rigor and precision of mathematics clearly moves him as much as anything else.†   (source)
  • And the first detailed drops splashing at the bottom of the goblet with a scatter of spindrift, each fleck embellished with the finicky rigor of some precisionist painting.†   (source)
  • And when I tried to have Mary meet my gaze, so that I might show at least one momentary glimpse of what I could offer, she patently refused, sitting stolidly behind her shading sunglasses, her wide, thin mouth set with weariness and rigor.†   (source)
  • Because Mylex is itself a suspect material, the results tended to be ambiguous and a second round of more rigorous detection had to be scheduled.†   (source)
  • All were employed by France's state-run hospital system, and all had been chosen for the project after a rigorous screening process.†   (source)
  • He liked the quantity and the splendor of the things that gave the living room a confused and at the same time rigorous appearance, with all kinds of handcrafted objects that Captain Rosendo de la Rosa brought back from each trip until there was no room left for another piece.†   (source)
  • Most of the studies on preventing AIDS aren't rigorous, but scholars at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Poverty Action Lab—which does some of the finest research on development anywhere—have examined four different strategies against AIDS in careful trials in Africa.†   (source)
  • After that, the real fun began—six months of rigorous training that would take them to specialized schools and facilities across the United States.†   (source)
  • No one doubted that the sanitary rigor of Dr. Juvenal Urbino, more than the efficacy of his pronouncements, had made the miracle possible.†   (source)
  • They were all Hitler majors, members of the only class I still taught, Advanced Nazism, three hours a week, restricted to qualified seniors, a course of study designed to cultivate historical perspective, theoretical rigor and mature insight into the continuing mass appeal of fascist tyranny, with special emphasis on parades, rallies and uniforms, three credits, written reports.†   (source)
  • Japanese fathers are famously overgenerous to their children (quite the opposite of what most Westerners would presume and wish to think), extremely permissive and obliging with their little ones, and so it was quite normal that I should be as well; though with a girl like Sunny, I should probably have exercised more rigor and sternness.†   (source)
  • They talked about their mother, about medications, doctors' appointments, not unusual matters, but there was a rigor in the older brother's questions, a particularity of interest and concern that amounted to a kind of challenge.†   (source)
  • For all the rigor of his calculations, it seemed that no one wanted to believe what he was saying, that an equation could perform better than a trained physician.†   (source)
  • Few areas of development have been more studied, but those conducting and financing the research have mostly been so convinced of the virtues of educating girls that the work hasn't been very rigorous.†   (source)
  • Once a week he gave his daughter money for expenses, which he calculated with care and she administered with rigor, but he listened with pleasure to any request she might make for unforeseen expenses.†   (source)
  • This was supposed to be a postpainterly age, Klara thought, and here was a young woman painting whole heat, a black woman who paints black men generously but not without exercising a certain critical rigor.†   (source)
  • Scholars are beginning to examine early copies of the Koran with academic rigor, and some argue that a number of these puzzling words may actually have been Syriac or Aramaic.†   (source)
  • Fermina Daza lit another cigarette, and as she smoked she saw Dr. Juvenal Urbino in his immaculate linen suit, with his professional rigor, his dazzling charm, his official love, and he tipped his white hat in a gesture of farewell from another boat out of the past.†   (source)
  • As we'll see, the result is that the research often isn't conducted with the same rigor as is found in, say, examinations of the effectiveness of toothpastes.†   (source)
  • These were his only weapons, and with them he joined in historic battles of absolute secrecy, which he recorded with the rigor of a notary in a coded book, recognizable among many others by the title that said everything: Women.†   (source)
  • For her sake he had won fame and fortune without too much concern for his methods, for her sake he had cared for his health and personal appearance with a rigor that did not seem very manly to other men of his time, and he had waited for this day as no one else could have waited for anything or anyone in this world: without an instant of discouragement.†   (source)
  • I cherish this, Thy rigorous conception,
    And I consent to play this part therein;
    But another play is running at this moment,
    So, for the present, release me from the cast.†   (source)
  • If you would listen a few more minutes, however, you would begin revising your opinion as he started to pull his musings together into a rigorous framework.†   (source)
  • Our difficulties were as great as ever, the gates were kept rigorously closed, and the food situation was far from showing any improvement.†   (source)
  • She watched his hand, firm and warm, rigorously scoring her work.†   (source)
  • "Truly," said the druggist, "one ought to proceed most rigorously against drunkenness!†   (source)
  • All the roads which converge to this place have been patrolled night and day ever since: and the beach and cliffs have been most rigorously searched and guarded.†   (source)
  • He was amused at the idea of her week-ending in the stately solitude of Skuytercliff, but immediately afterward felt that there, of all places, she would most feel the chill of minds rigorously averted from the "unpleasant."†   (source)
  • Breathing heavily and not rightly knowing how he had got there, Hans Castorp found himself lying in the splendid lounge chair on his balcony—because there was a rest cure between dinner and tea, the most important of the day, in fact, and rigorously enforced.†   (source)
  • Therefore, again, he would have to think of Sue with only a relation's mutual interest in one belonging to him; regard her in a practical way as some one to be proud of; to talk and nod to; later on, to be invited to tea by, the emotion spent on her being rigorously that of a kinsman and well-wisher.†   (source)
  • "Well, I mean to my face, as you do," she went on, allowing herself to be further lured into a conversation that intention had rigorously forbidden.†   (source)
  • Dinah, with her sympathetic divination, knew quite well that Adam was longing to hear if Hetty had said anything about their trouble; she was too rigorously truthful for benevolent invention, but she had contrived to say something in which Hetty was tacitly included.†   (source)
  • It was his custom, too, as it has been that of many other pious Puritans, to fast—not however, like them, in order to purify the body, and render it the fitter medium of celestial illumination—but rigorously, and until his knees trembled beneath him, as an act of penance.†   (source)
  • The speaker looked round upon the bystanders, now drawing closer to hear him, with his lips gathered tighter than ever in the rigorousness of his descriptive moderation.†   (source)
  • Before daybreak he would awake, leave the inn after rigorously paying his bill, and reaching the forest, he would, under pretence of making studies in painting, test the hospitality of some peasants, procure himself the dress of a woodcutter and a hatchet, casting off the lion's skin to assume that of the woodman; then, with his hands covered with dirt, his hair darkened by means of a leaden comb, hi†   (source)
  • Mary was accustomed to think rather rigorously of what was probable, and if a belief flattered her vanity she felt warned to dismiss it as ridiculous, having early had much exercise in such dismissals.†   (source)
  • He was a Berrichon, thirty-five or forty years old, mild, peaceable, sleek, employing the leisure his master left him in the perusal of pious works, providing rigorously for two a dinner of few dishes, but excellent.†   (source)
  • This reason, added to all the others, contributes to drive the Europeans westward—a fact which may be rigorously demonstrated by figures.†   (source)
  • The Nautilus easily avoided the Money breakers to port and the Victoria reefs to starboard, positioned at longitude 130° on the tenth parallel, which we went along rigorously.†   (source)
  • But as soon as the mule was near enough to the pillory to allow of its rider recognizing the victim, the priest dropped his eyes, beat a hasty retreat, spurred on rigorously, as though in haste to rid himself of humiliating appeals, and not at all desirous of being saluted and recognized by a poor fellow in such a predicament.†   (source)
  • The state of the places of which we are here giving a description is rigorously exact, and will certainly awaken a very precise memory in the mind of old inhabitants of the quarter.†   (source)
  • Not only are its injunctions different, but we shall shortly see that they are less numerous, less precise, and that its dictates are less rigorously obeyed.†   (source)
  • Want of breath prevented a continuance of the song; and the breakdown attracted the attention of a firm-standing man of middle age, who kept each corner of his crescent-shaped mouth rigorously drawn back into his cheek, as if to do away with any suspicion of mirthfulness which might erroneously have attached to him.†   (source)
  • Besides the maskers, they stared at that procession—peculiar to Shrove Tuesday as to Longchamps,— of vehicles of every description, citadines, tapissieres, carioles, cabriolets marching in order, rigorously riveted to each other by the police regulations, and locked into rails, as it were.†   (source)
  • But there is yet another motive which is more cogent than all the others: the South might indeed, rigorously speaking, abolish slavery; but how should it rid its territory of the black population?†   (source)
  • If it be asked why, at the present day, this same method is more rigorously followed and more frequently applied by the French than by the Americans, although the principle of equality be no less complete, and of more ancient date, amongst the latter people, the fact may be attributed to two circumstances, which it is essential to have clearly understood in the first instance.†   (source)
  • Since the Orleans railway has invaded the region of the Salpetriere, the ancient, narrow streets which adjoin the moats Saint-Victor and the Jardin des Plantes tremble, as they are violently traversed three or four times each day by those currents of coach fiacres and omnibuses which, in a given time, crowd back the houses to the right and the left; for there are things which are odd when said that are rigorously exact; and just as it is true to say that in large cities the sun makes the southern fronts of houses to vegetate and grow, it is certain that the frequent passage of vehicles enlarges streets.†   (source)
  • In the States of New England the legislative authority embraces more subjects than it does in France; the legislator penetrates to the very core of the administration; the law descends to the most minute details; the same enactment prescribes the principle and the method of its application, and thus imposes a multitude of strict and rigorously defined obligations on the secondary functionaries of the State.†   (source)
  • Kennedy thereupon examin'd rigorously the log-line, and, being satisfi'd with that, he determin'd to throw the log himself.†   (source)
  • Then he returned to the less rigorous life of the ascetic wanderer.†   (source)
  • It was his rigorous-looking honesty, I suppose.†   (source)
  • For instead of convalescing idly, as might have been expected, he plunged forthwith into rigorous self-discipline somewhat curiously combined with narcotic indulgence.†   (source)
  • Indeed they must do so or else the temple may not be built, or, being built, it may collapse, and we shall all be proved again unteachable and have to go and try to learn again for a third time in a school of war, incomparably more rigorous than that from which we have just been released.†   (source)
  • I pointed out to Helena that if it were seen that her Christian name began with an H she would immediately be subjected to much more rigorous questioning.†   (source)
  • It was necessary that this should be done in one single day, on account of the extreme urgency and rigor of events.†   (source)
  • He had spent three years of monastic rigor at Valhalla, Gilbert's house, under the tuition of a Mr. Lawson and of Gilbert himself.†   (source)
  • Guenever was stiff, as if she were in a rigor, and her face was drained white—except that there was a red spot on either side of her nostrils.†   (source)
  • and possible, but because it would be the most unfortunate thing for all concerned that could occur; and though you could no more have proved vice or virtue or courage or cowardice to him without showing him the moving people than you could have proved death to him without showing him a corpse, he did believe in misfortune because of that rigorous and arduous dusty eunuch's training which taught to leave man's good luck and joys to God, who would in return surrender all his miseries and follies and misfortunes to the lice and fleas of Coke and Littleton.†   (source)
  • Indeed they must do so or else the temple may not be built, or, being built, it may collapse, and we shall all be proved again unteachable and have to go and try to learn again for a third time in a school of war, incomparably more rigorous than that from which we have just been released.†   (source)
  • His mother went relentlessly on: 'Juan unknown to all but his confessor was preparing himself for the evil days ahead with the most rigorous mortifications.†   (source)
  • The point isn't whether the measures provided for in the Code are rigorous, but whether they are needful to prevent the death of half the population.†   (source)
  • She always stood so trim and erect, and you had the feeling that all her grace and softness was caught in the rigor of an idea which you could not define.†   (source)
  • He bargained keenly, just as he spoke keenly, with unusual concision, and he was a man the university ought to have been pleased about, with his tall, free look of intelligence early crow-footed from the practice of consideration, a young Calhoun or statesman already, with clear blue spaces indicative of rigorous consistency and an untimely wrinkle, like the writing of a seismograph.†   (source)
  • And I may add this also, as a minister of Justice, that if you fail for one moment in establishing this monstrous accusation, I shall pursue you both remorselessly, with all the rigor of the laws which you yourselves have set in motion.†   (source)
  • Could Dr. Richard take the responsibility of declaring that the epidemic would die out without the imposition of rigorous prophylactic measures?†   (source)
  • But the Carsons had not invited Friedl to a birthday party and got themselves an enemy of Corsican rigor and pure absorption.†   (source)
  • Richard, however, summing up the situation as he saw it, pointed out that if the epidemic did not cease spontaneously, it would be necessary to apply the rigorous prophylactic measures laid down in the Code.†   (source)
  • As rigor is the theme of Labrador, breathing of the summits of the Andes, space to the Cornish miner who lies in a seam under the sea.†   (source)
  • It is like an iron country, and the spirit is oppressed by its rigor and melancholy.†   (source)
  • Was it the pervading spirit of a dying season, reluctant to face the rigor of snow and ice?†   (source)
  • Each of his senses was brought under a rigorous discipline.†   (source)
  • No. He was going to be an Eathorne; delicately rigorous, coldly powerful.†   (source)
  • Always trying to escape anything rigorous, hard, painful, or disagreeable!†   (source)
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