New Latin, from Ancient Greek Ῥαδάμανθυς (Rhadamanthus, “name of a son of Zeus and Europa, one of the three judges of the dead”) The name is pre-Greek, of unknown meaning, possibly of Phoenician origin.
Rhadamanthus (plural Rhadamanthuses)
- (mythology, Ancient Greece) One of the three judges of the infernal regions.
- (figuratively) A strict and just judge.
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