"rigor" in the noun sense
1. asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigour, severity, severeness, rigorousness, rigourousness
something hard to endure
"the asperity of northern winters"
2. cogency, validity, rigor, rigour
the quality of being valid and rigorous
3. severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffness
"severity of character"
"the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"
"the rigors of boot camp"
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