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1  —as in:
we follow a rigorous procedure
Definition thorough and careful procedures
  • She followed the procedures rigorously.
rigorously = thoroughly and carefully
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • rigorous logic
  • 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.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • rigorous = with thorough and careful procedures
  • My watch was still unwound, and I am rigorously accustomed to wind it the last thing before going to bed, and many such details.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • rigorously = strictly
  • We all submitted to a rigorous search.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • rigorous = thorough and careful
  • and proceeded again to make rigorous investigation of the premises.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • rigorous = thorough and careful
  • Had all regrets been punished as rigorously as...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • rigorously = thoroughly
  • Everything speaks of a hasty departure or a rigorous search or both.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • By itself, the regimen proposed here, when followed rigorously, can purify the foulest breath.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • rigorously = thoroughly and carefully
  • Unsatisfied, he punched in the CHECKLIM program, a more rigorous testing of the circuit banks.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
rigorous = thorough and careful

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2  —as in:
a rigorous math class
Definition difficult and demanding
  • The class was equally interesting and rigorous.
rigorous = difficult and demanding
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Navy SEALs go through an incredibly rigorous qualification and training program.
  • rigorous = difficult and demanding
  • He measured himself and those around him by an impossibly rigorous moral code.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • rigorous = difficult and demanding
  • Only one of us here today has ever undergone the rigorous training required of a Receiver.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • rigorous = difficult and demanding
  • 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.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • rigors = difficulties (things that are difficult and demanding)
  • 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • rigorously = in a manner that is difficult and demanding
  • He read rigorously for several days, caught a few small errors, and penciled in supporting facts, especially about his evolved musical tastes.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • rigorously = with energetic effort (in a difficult and demanding manner)
  • ...the moose appeared in greater abundance, moving slowly down to meet the winter in the lower and less rigorous valleys.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • rigorous = difficult and demanding
  • ...she would have no idea of the rigors of running a hospital in Africa.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • rigors = difficulties (things that are difficult and demanding)
  • They would be tough, hardy bugs, able to withstand the rigors of space, and they would grow and duplicate and divide.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
rigors = difficulties (things that are difficult and demanding)

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3  —as in:
rigorous enforcement
Definition strict when enforcing rules
  • She supports a rigorous application of the law.
rigorous = strict when enforcing rules
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • rigorous discipline
  • 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.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • rigor = strictness (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.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • rigorously = strictly
  • the rigour of severest law
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • rigour = strict enforcement
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use rigor.)
  • His stern measures as Director were given an odd legitimacy by his personal life, the rigor of his insistent celibacy.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • rigor = strictness (when enforcing rules)
  • Have seal'd his rigorous statutes with their bloods,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • rigorous = strict
  • 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.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • rigorous = strict when enforcing rules
  • Among other things, he was rigorously conventional and had quickly accommodated himself to McGraw-Hill's tidy, colorless and archconservative mold.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Then I tried to preserve myself from the horror that was coming upon me, by regarding it as a rigorous punishment of human selfishness.
    Wells, H.G.  --  The Time Machine

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