Definitions for Gordian
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extremely intricate; usually in phrase `Gordian knot'
Of or pertaining to Gordium, capital of Phrygia (now Yassihüyük in Turkey).
Of the Gordian knot.
Twisted; convoluted; tied as a knot.
Etymology: From Gordium, derived from Greek Γορδιον (Gordion), the capital city of ancient Phrygia
Gordian is an adjective used to describe something that is extremely complex, difficult to solve, or inextricably complicated, often referring to a problem or situation. The term comes from the legend of the Gordian knot in Greek mythology, which was a knot so complicated that it was said only the future ruler of Asia could untangle it. It was eventually "solved" by Alexander the Great by cutting it with his sword, giving rise to the term "cutting the Gordian knot" to describe solving a complex problem in a decisive, bold way.
pertaining to Gordius, king of Phrygia, or to a knot tied by him; hence, intricate; complicated; inextricable
pertaining to the Gordiacea
one of the Gordiacea
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
gord′yan, adj. intricate: difficult.—v.t. (Keats) to tie up, knot.—Cut the Gordian knot, to overcome a difficulty by violent measures—Alexander, unable to untie the fateful knot tied by Gordius, king of Phrygia, having cut it through with his sword.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gordian is ranked #56310 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Gordian surname appeared 363 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Gordian.
88.4% or 321 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
10.7% or 39 total occurrences were White.
The numerical value of Gordian in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Gordian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
It is now up to Merkel to cut the Gordian knot and give a clear signal internally and externally that Germany cannot take in refugees without limits, and that she is still the mistress of the house.
Syriza and its creditors are stuck in a Gordian Knot, and both sides will need to cave on something. Neither Greece Greece nor Greece Greece creditors want Greece Greece to default or exit the eurozone, so a compromise will probably be found.
At some point, we have to decide to cut the Gordian Knot, take collective action, and ignore the political consequences.
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