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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Gordian(adj)

    extremely intricate; usually in phrase `Gordian knot'


  1. Gordian(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to Gordium, capital of Phrygia (now Yassihu00FCyu00FCk in Turkey).

  2. Gordian(Adjective)

    Of the Gordian knot.

  3. Gordian(Adjective)

    Twisted; convoluted; tied as a knot.

  4. Origin: From Gordium, derived from Greek Γορδιον (Gordion), the capital city of ancient Phrygia

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gordian(adj)

    pertaining to Gordius, king of Phrygia, or to a knot tied by him; hence, intricate; complicated; inextricable

  2. Gordian(adj)

    pertaining to the Gordiacea

  3. Gordian(noun)

    one of the Gordiacea

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gordian

    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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gordian in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gordian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alexis Tsipras:

    At some point, we have to decide to cut the Gordian Knot, take collective action, and ignore the political consequences.

  2. Gero Neugebauer:

    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.

  3. Megan Greene:

    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.

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