Minos


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Mi·nos

 (mī′nəs, -nŏs′)
n. Greek Mythology
A king of Crete, the son of Zeus and Europa, who was made one of the three judges in the underworld after his death.

Minos

(ˈmaɪnɒs)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a king of Crete for whom Daedalus built the Labyrinth to contain the Minotaur

Mi•nos

(ˈmaɪ nəs, -nɒs)

n.
a legendary ruler of Crete who ordered Daedalus to build a labyrinth to house the Minotaur.
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Noun1.Minos - son of Zeus and EuropaMinos - son of Zeus and Europa; king of ancient Crete; ordered Daedalus to build the labyrinth; after death Minos became a judge in the underworld
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Minos

Minos

[ˈmaɪnɒs] nMinosse m
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But King Minos, who reigned over Crete, laid out a vast deal of money in building a habitation for the Minotaur, and took great care of his health and comfort, merely for mischief's sake.
Some say, indeed, that this Talus was hammered out for King Minos by Vulcan himself, the skilfullest of all workers in metal.
For they say, that when Lycurgus ceased to be guardian to King Charilles he went abroad and spent a long time with his relations in Crete, for the Lycians are a colony of the Lacedaemonians; and those who first settled there adopted that body of laws which they found already established by the inhabitants; in like manner also those who now live near them have the very laws which Minos first drew up.
No sooner had Minos the fellow judge of Rhadamanthus said this, than Rhadamanthus rising up said:
xxxii: Orion.] -- Hesiod says that he was the son of Euryale, the daughter of Minos, and of Poseidon, and that there was given him as a gift the power of walking upon the waves as though upon land.
"Then I saw Phaedra, and Procris, and fair Ariadne daughter of the magician Minos, whom Theseus was carrying off from Crete to Athens, but he did not enjoy her, for before he could do so Diana killed her in the island of Dia on account of what Bacchus had said against her.
Jove first begot Minos, chief ruler in Crete, and Minos in his turn begot a son, noble Deucalion.
Minos, we learn, was the primitive founder of the government of Crete, as Zaleucus was of that of the Locrians.
"Try to forget that word," replied the man with the lamp, in a tone which as little admitted of a reply as one of the famous decrees of Minos.
Lady O'Dowd is one of the greatest ladies in the Presidency of Madras--her quarrel with Lady Smith, wife of Sir Minos Smith the puisne judge, is still remembered by some at Madras, when the Colonel's lady snapped her fingers in the Judge's lady's face and said SHE'D never walk behind ever a beggarly civilian.
A person who combines the judicial functions of Minos, Rhadamanthus and Aeacus, but is placable with an obolus; a severely virtuous censor, but so charitable withal that he tolerates the virtues of others and the vices of himself; who flings about him the splintering lightning and sturdy thunders of admonition till he resembles a bunch of firecrackers petulantly uttering his mind at the tail of a dog; then straightway murmurs a mild, melodious lay, soft as the cooing of a donkey intoning its prayer to the evening star.
If indeed when the pilgrim arrives in the world below, he is delivered from the professors of justice in this world, and finds the true judges who are said to give judgment there, Minos and Rhadamanthus and Aeacus and Triptolemus, and other sons of God who were righteous in their own life, that pilgrimage will be worth making.