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"Estricto" is an adjective which is often translated as "strict", and "riguroso" is an adjective which is also often translated as "strict". Learn more about the difference between "estricto" and "riguroso" below.
estricto(
ehs
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treek
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toh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (severe)
a. strict
Jaime es un profesor muy estricto, pero sus alumnos lo respetan.Jaime is a very strict teacher, but his students respect him.
2. (stringent)
a. strict
El médico me mandó una dieta estricta.The doctor put me on a strict diet.
3. (conforming to norms)
a. strict
Mi papá es un musulmán estricto y por eso reza cinco veces al día.My father is a strict Muslim, so he prays five times daily.
4. (exact)
a. strict
No vendemos flores en el sentido estricto de la palabra: las nuestras están hechas de seda.We don't sell flowers in the strict sense of the word: ours are made of silk.
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riguroso(
rree
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goo
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roh
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soh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (rigid)
a. strict
Si quieres perder diez kilos tendrás que seguir una dieta rigurosa.If you want to lose ten kilos you'll have to go on a strict diet.
2. (without mercy)
a. harsh
El juez del caso es famoso por ser muy riguroso.The judge on this case has a reputation for being very harsh.
b. severe
Los sinvergüenzas que estafan a las personas mayores merecen un castigo riguroso.The crooks who con elderly people deserve severe punishment.
3. (weather)
a. harsh
Son pocas las plantas que soportan el clima riguroso del norte de Siberia.Not many plants can withstand the harsh climate of northern Siberia.
b. hard (winter)
Muchas personas por poco murieron de hambre durante el largo y riguroso invierno de 1880.Many people nearly starved to death during the long, hard winter of 1880.
4. (meticulous)
a. rigorous
El enfoque científico te proporciona métodos más rigurosos de análisis.The scientific approach provides you with more rigorous methods of analysis.
b. thorough
Antes de entrar en el museo, los guardias hicieron un riguroso control de nuestras pertenencias.Before we went into the museum, the guards performed a thorough check of our belongings.
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