rhad·​a·​man·​thine ˌra-də-ˈman(t)-thən How to pronounce rhadamanthine (audio)
often capitalized
: rigorously strict or just

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In Greek mythology, there were three judges of the underworld: Minos, Aeacus, and Rhadamanthus. Minos, a son of Zeus and Europa, had been the king of Crete before becoming supreme judge in the underworld after his death. Aeacus, another son of Zeus, was king of Aegina before joining the underworld triumvirate. Rhadamanthus, brother of Minos and king of the Cyclades Islands, was especially known for being inflexible when administering his judgment - hence, the meaning of "rhadamanthine" as "rigorously strict or just."

Word History

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rhadamanthine was in 1659


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“Rhadamanthine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhadamanthine. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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