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Rhadamanthys

or Rhad·a·man·thus

[rad-uh-man-thuh s]
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noun
  1. Classical Mythology. a son of Zeus and Europa, rewarded for the justice he exemplified on earth by being made, after his death, a judge in the Underworld, where he served with his brothers Minos and Aeacus.
  2. an inflexibly just or severe judge.
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Related formsRhad·a·man·thine [rad-uh-man-thin, -thahyn] /ˌræd əˈmæn θɪn, -θaɪn/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • What is called the judgment of Rhadamanthus is suited to 'ages of faith,' but not to our days.

    Laws

    Plato

  • The so-called decision of Rhadamanthus is worthy of all admiration.

    Laws

    Plato

  • Shadowy sides can ache, I find, and then, what will Rhadamanthus think?

  • We come now to Rhadamanthus, who is thrice mentioned by Homer.

  • Clarinda repaired to Rhadamanthus, the Magistrate, and pointed out to him the truth.

    The Orange Girl

    Walter Besant


British Dictionary definitions for rhadamanthus

Rhadamanthus

Rhadamanthys

noun
  1. Greek myth one of the judges of the dead in the underworld
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Derived FormsRhadamanthine, adjective
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Word Origin and History for rhadamanthus

Rhadamanthus

n.

1580s, from Latinized form of Greek Rhadamanthos, one of the judges of the lower world (son of Zeus and Europa); used allusively of inflexible judges. Related: Rhadamantine.

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