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Adjective rigorous has 2 senses


rigorousa. [F. rigoureux, LL. rigorosus. See Rigor.].
  •  Manifesting, exercising, or favoring rigor; allowing no abatement or mitigation; scrupulously accurate; exact; strict; severe; relentless; as, a rigorous officer of justice; a rigorous execution of law; a rigorous definition or demonstration.  [1913 Webster]
    "He shall be thrown down the Tarpeian Rock
    With rigorous hands.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "We do not connect the scattered phenomena into their rigorous unity."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Severe; intense; inclement; as, a rigorous winter.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Violent.  Spenser.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Adhering scrupulously and exactly to accepted principles; hence, logically valid; as, a rigorous proof.  [PJC]
Syn. -- Rigid; inflexible; unyielding; stiff; severe; austere; stern; harsh; strict; exact.


rigorous, adj.
1 characterized by or showing rigour; strict, severe.
2 strictly exact or accurate.
3 (of the weather) cold, severe.

rigorously adv. rigorousness n.
OF rigorous or LL rigorosus (as RIGOR(1))



Herculean, Siberian, abstruse, accurate, acid, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, acute, adamant, adamantine, adverse, algid, antagonistic, arctic, arduous, ascetic, astringent, attentive, below zero, biting, bitter, bitterly cold, bleak, boreal, brisk, brumal, brutal, burdensome, cast-iron, caustic, close, cold, cold as charity, cold as death, cold as ice, cold as marble, complex, conflicting, conscientious, constant, contrary, correct, counter, counteractive, crisp, critical, cutting, delicate, demanding, detailed, detrimental, difficile, difficult, direct, double-edged, dour, draconian, drastic, edged, escharotic, even, exact, exacting, excessive, exigent, exorbitant, express, exquisite, extravagant, extreme, faithful, fierce, fine, finical, finicking, finicky, firm, flinty, formidable, freezing, freezing cold, frigid, fundamentalist, furious, fussy, gelid, glacial, great, grim, hairy, hard, hard-core, hard-earned, hard-fought, harmful, harsh, hibernal, hidebound, hiemal, hostile, hyperborean, ice-cold, ice-encrusted, icelike, icy, immoderate, immovable, immutable, implacable, impliable, in opposition, incisive, inclement, inelastic, inerrable, inerrant, inexorable, infallible, inflexible, inimical, intemperate, intense, intransigent, intricate, iron, ironbound, ironclad, ironhanded, irreconcilable, jawbreaking, keen, knotted, knotty, laborious, mathematical, mean, meticulous, micrometrically precise, microscopic, minute, miserable, mordacious, mordant, muscle-bound, narrow, nice, nipping, nippy, no picnic, not easy, numbing, obdurate, obstinate, onerous, operose, opposed, opposing, opposite, oppressive, orthodox, outrageous, particular, penetrating, piercing, pinching, pinpoint, poignant, precise, precisianistic, precisionistic, procrustean, proper, punctilious, punctual, purist, puristic, puritan, puritanic, raw, refined, relentless, religious, religiously exact, right, rigid, rigorist, rigoristic, rock-ribbed, rockbound, rough, rugged, scathing, scientific, scientifically exact, scrupulous, scrutinizing, set with thorns, severe, sharp, sinister, sleety, slushy, snappy, spiny, splitting, square, stabbing, steely, steep, stern, stiff, stinging, stone-cold, straightlaced, straitlaced, strenuous, stressful, strict, strident, stringent, stubborn, subtle, subzero, supercooled, tart, thorny, ticklish, toilsome, tough, trenchant, tricky, troublesome, troublous, trying, unaffected, unalterable, unbending, unchangeable, uncompromising, unconscionable, undeviating, unerring, unfavorable, ungiving, unmoved, unrelenting, untoward, unyielding, uphill, vehement, venomous, violent, virulent, vitriolic, wicked, winterbound, winterlike, wintery, wintry, wretched




N severity, strictness, harshness, rigor, stringency, austerity, inclemency, arrogance, precisianism, arbitrary power, absolutism, despotism, dictatorship, autocracy, tyranny, domineering, oppression, assumption, usurpation, inquisition, reign of terror, martial law, iron heel, iron rule, iron hand, iron sway, tight grasp, brute force, brute strength, coercion, strong hand, tight hand, hard lines, hard measure, tender mercies, sharp practice, pipe-clay, officialism, tyrant, disciplinarian, precisian, martinet, stickler, bashaw, despot, hard master, Draco, oppressor, inquisitor, extortioner, harpy, vulture, accipitres, birds of prey, raptorials, raptors, severe, strict, hard, harsh, dour, rigid, stiff, stern, rigorous, uncompromising, exacting, exigent, exigeant, inexorable, inflexible, obdurate, austere, hard-headed, hard-nosed, hard-shell, relentless, Spartan, Draconian, stringent, strait-laced, searching, unsparing, iron-handed, peremptory, absolute, positive, arbitrary, imperative, coercive, tyrannical, extortionate, grinding, withering, oppressive, inquisitorial, inclement, cruel, haughty, arrogant, precisian, severely, with a high hand, with a strong hand, with a tight hand, with a heavy hand, at the point of the sword, at the point of the bayonet, Delirant reges plectuntur Achivi, manu forti, ogni debole ha sempre il suo tiranno.


N revenge, revengement, vengeance, avengement, avengeance, sweet revenge, vendetta, death feud, blood for blood retaliation, day of reckoning, rancor, vindictiveness, implacability, malevolence, ruthlessness, avenger, vindicator, Nemesis, Eumenides, revengeful, vengeful, vindictive, rancorous, pitiless, ruthless, rigorous, avenging, unforgiving, unrelenting, inexorable, stony-hearted, implacable, relentless, remorseless, aeternum servans sub pectore vulnus, rankling, immitigable, manet ciratrix, manet alid mente repostum, dies irae dies illa, in high vengeance there is noble scorn, inhumanum verbum est ultio, malevolus animus abditos dentes habet, now infidel I have thee on the hip.


N truth, fact, reality, plain fact, plain matter of fact, nature, truth, verity, gospel, gospel truth, God's honest truth, orthodoxy, authenticity, veracity, correctness, correctitude, accuracy, exactitude, exactness, preciseness, precision, delicacy, rigor, mathematical precision, punctuality, clockwork precision, conformity to rule, nicety, orthology, ipsissima verba, realism, plain truth, honest truth, sober truth, naked truth, unalloyed truth, unqualified truth, stern truth, exact truth, intrinsic truth, nuda veritas, the very thing, not an illusion, real Simon Pure, unvarnished tale, unvarnished truth, the truth the whole truth and nothing but the trut, just the thing, real, actual, veritable, true, right, correct, certain, substantially true, categorically true, definitively true, true to the letter, true as gospel, unimpeachable, veracious, unreconfuted, unconfuted, unideal, unimagined, realistic, exact, accurate, definite, precise, well-defined, just, just so, so, strict, severe, close, literal, rigid, rigorous, scrupulous, religiously exact, punctual, mathematical, scientific, faithful, constant, unerring, curious, particular, nice, delicate, fine, clean-cut, clear-cut, verified, empirically true, experimentally verified, substantiated, proven (demonstrated), rigorously true, unquestionably true, true by definition, genuine, authentic, legitimate, orthodox, official, ex officio, pure, natural, sound, sterling, unsophisticated, unadulterated, unvarnished, unalloyed, uncolored, in its true colors, pukka, well-grounded, well founded, solid, substantial, tangible, valid, undistorted, undisguised, unaffected, unexaggerated, unromantic, unflattering, truly, verily, indeed, really, in reality, with truth, certainly, actually, in effect, exactly, ad amussim, verbatim, verbatim et literatim, word for word, literally, literatim, totidem vervis, sic, to the letter, chapter and verse, ipsissimis verbis, ad unguem, to an inch, to a nicety, to a hair, to a tittle, to a turn, to a T, au pied de la lettre, neither more nor less, in every respect, in all respects, sous tous les rapports, at any rate, at all events, strictly speaking, the truth is, the fact is, rem acu tetigisti, en suivant la verite, ex facto jus oritur, la verita e figlia del empo, locos y ninos dicen la verdad, crazy people and children tell the truth, nihil est veritatis luce dulcius, veritas nunquam perit, veritatem dies aperit, the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, just the facts, ma'am, just the facts.

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