V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. demanding strict attention to rules; 2. strictly accurate; 3. harsh, strict, or difficult in nature
Synonyms: demanding, exacting, strict, stern, meticulous, severe, difficult, precise, rough, tough, inclement
Antonyms: flexible, lenient, painless, easy
Tips: Rigorous is a great word for describing something severe or difficult, especially something at a high level. Think of the rigorous (strict and severe) training of a firefighter or a soldier. They need to complete their rigorous training in order to be prepared to fight fires or fight battles. The plural noun rigors refers to difficult conditions, especially harsh weather conditions.
It was a rigorous assignment, but he somehow finished it. (difficult, demanding)
The athlete had to endure eight years of rigorous training before he was ready for the Olympics. (strict, difficult, tough)
The rigors of school are usually rewarded with a diploma and a vacation. (demands, difficulties) noun
His rigorous schedule of full-time work, while completing his Masters degree, left little time for family and friends. (tough, demanding)
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