"rigours" in the noun sense
1. cogency, validity, rigor, rigour
the quality of being valid and rigorous
2. asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigour, severity, severeness, rigorousness, rigourousness
something hard to endure
"the asperity of northern winters"
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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