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rigour

noun [U] (FORCEFULNESS) UK (US rigor)     /ˈrɪɡ.ər/ US  //
the fact that people are made to follow rules in a very severe way: They were punished with unusual rigour.Severe the rigours of sth the unpleasant or severe conditions of something: They survived the rigours of the winter.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
(Definition of rigour noun (FORCEFULNESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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