rhadamanthine adjective: (often capitalized) rigorously strict or just
The judge took the maliciousness of the crime into account and decidedupon a rhadamanthine punishment.
“Sometimes, she writes withincandescent hope; often, she manifests a disagreeable proclivityfor passing Rhadamanthine judgmenton us all.” — Andrew Solomon, New York Times, December 12, 2014
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In Greek mythology, there were threejudges of the underworld: Minos, Aeacus, and Rhadamanthus. Minos, a son of Zeus and Europa, had beenthe king of Crete before becomingsupreme judge in the underworldafter his death. Aeacus, another son of Zeus, was king of Aegina beforejoining the underworld triumvirate. Rhadamanthus, brother of Minos and king of the Cyclades Islands, was especially known for being inflexiblewhen administering his judgment—hence, the meaning of rhadamanthine as “rigorously strict or just.”