Meaning of rigorism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrɪɡ(ə)rɪz(ə)m/


mass noun
  • 1Extreme strictness in interpreting or enforcing a law or principle.

    ‘It is self-scourging rigorism of an extreme kind.’
    • ‘He worked with rigorism accentuated by simple form and minimalist details.’
    1. 1.1The Roman Catholic doctrine that in doubtful cases of conscience the strict course is always to be followed.
      ‘By contrast, the sort of Church that Montanus offered was one of ecstatic prophecy, immediate eschatology, ascetic moral rigorism, and, at the same time, institutional chaos.’
      • ‘Nevertheless the rigorism of his ascetic resolve was never relaxed.’
      • ‘A ‘dubious rigorism’ led some in the early church to condemn recourse to secular therapies, and monastic communities at times have used only prayer and other spiritual remedies to treat bodily illness.’