adjective, often capitalized
rhad·​a·​man·​thine | \ ˌra-də-ˈman(t)-thən How to pronounce rhadamanthine (audio) , -ˈman-ˌthīn \

Definition of rhadamanthine

: 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."

First Known Use of rhadamanthine

1659, in the meaning defined above

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“Rhadamanthine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhadamanthine?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=r&file=rhadam01. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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