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 for rigorousness
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rigorous \Rig"or*ous\, a. [F. rigoureux, LL. rigorosus. See
     1. 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.
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              He shall be thrown down the Tarpeian Rock
              With rigorous hands.                  --Shak.
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              We do not connect the scattered phenomena into their
              rigorous unity.                       --De Quincey.
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     2. Severe; intense; inclement; as, a rigorous winter.
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     3. Violent. [Obs.] "Rigorous uproar." --Spenser.
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     4. (Mathematics, Logic) Adhering scrupulously and exactly to
        accepted principles; hence, logically valid; as, a
        rigorous proof.
     Syn: Rigid; inflexible; unyielding; stiff; severe; austere;
          stern; harsh; strict; exact.
          [1913 Webster] -- Rig"or*ous*ly, adv. --
          Rig"or*ous*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern
           winters" [syn: asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor,
           rigour, severity, severeness, rigorousness,
      2: excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness
         of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
         [syn: severity, severeness, harshness, rigor,
         rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency,
         hardness, stiffness]

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