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Gordian knot Explained

Gordian knot at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1561, tied by Gordius, king of Phrygia in Asia Minor, who predicted the one to loosen it would rule Asia. Instead, Alexander the Great cut the Gordian knot with his sword; hence the extended sense (1579 in Eng.) "solve a difficult problem in a quick, dramatic way." ///

Gordian knot at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [Date: 1500-1600; Origin: From a complicated knot tied by Gordius, king of ancient Phrygia, which Alexander the Great cut through with his sword]// cut/untie the Gordian knot// to quickly solve a difficult problem by determined action// --In recent years, governments have tried to cut the Gordian knot by imposing cuts in state support to the railways.//

Gordian knot at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

37 Moby Thesaurus words for "Gordian knot":
Chinese puzzle, Rube Goldberg contraption, can of worms, complex,
crux, dilemma, enigma, jungle, knot, knotty point, labyrinth, maze,
meander, mesh, mess, node, nodus, nonplus, oxymoron, paradox,
perplex, perplexity, pons asinorum, poser, puzzle, quandary, ravel,
snafu, snake pit, snarl, tangle, tangled skein, teaser,
vexed question, webwork, wheels within wheels, wilderness

Gordian knot at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (a): complexity, complexness, complication, implication, intricacy, perplexity, network, labyrinth, wilderness, jungle, involution, raveling, entanglement, coil, convolution, tangled skein, knot, Gordian knot, kink, gnarl, difficulty.

[ADV] (Convolution): in and out, round and round, a can of worms, Gordian knot.

[N] (Difficulty): difficulty, hardness, impracticability, impossibility, hard work, Herculean task, dilemma, entanglement, complexity, knot, Gordian knot.

Gordian knot at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun
a very difficult or impossible task or problem:
to cut / untie the Gordian knot (= to solve a problem with forceful action)
ORIGIN From the legend in which King Gordius tied a very complicated knot and said that whoever untied it would become the ruler of Asia. Alexander the Great cut through the knot with his sword.

Gordian knot at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Gordian \Gor"di*an\, a.
1. Pertaining to Gordius, king of Phrygia, or to a knot tied
by him; hence, intricate; complicated; inextricable.

{Gordian knot}, an intricate knot tied by Gordius in the
thong which connected the pole of the chariot with the
yoke. An oracle having declared that he who should untie
it should be master of Asia, Alexander the Great averted
the ill omen of his inability to loosen it by cutting it
with his sword. Hence, a Gordian knot is an inextricable
difficulty; and to cut the Gordian knot is to remove a
difficulty by bold and energetic measures.

2. (Zo["o]l.) Pertaining to the Gordiacea.

Gordian knot at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

Gordian knot
n 1: any very difficult problem; insoluble in its own terms
2: an intricate knot tied by Gordius, the king of Phrygia, and
cut by the sword of Alexander the Great after he heard
that whoever undid it would become ruler of Asia

Gordian knot at English (WD) Of Explained:

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English

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Etymology

From the name of a legendary knot tied to a pole near the temple of Zeus in Gordium. It was prophesied that whoever loosed the knot would become ruler of all Asia. Alexander the Great solved the puzzle by slicing through the knot and took it as a sign of Zeus's favor. He then proceeded to conquer much of the known world.

Pronunciation

* Inter: a » RP Inter: IPA » /ˈɡɔːdɪən ˈnɒt/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /ˈɡoʊɹdɪən ˈnɑt/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-Gordian knot.ogg|Audio (US)

    Noun

    Inter: en-noun » head=Gordian knot

  • The legendary knot tied to a pole near the temple of Zeus in Gordium.
    1. Inter: by extensio » n Any intricate and complex problem.

      Quotations

      Inter: timeline »


    1500s=1599|
    1700s=1785|
    1800s=1825 1881
    • 1599, Category: w - :William Shakespeare|William Shakespeare, Category: s - :The_Life_of_Henry_the_Fifth|Henry V, i 1:
    • : List his discourse of war, and you shall hear
      A fearful battle rend'red you in music;
      Turn him to any cause of policy,
      The Gordian knot of it he will unloose.
    • 1785, Category: w - :Thomas Jefferson|Thomas Jefferson, Category: s - :Letter to Peter Carr - August 19, 1785|Letter to Peter Carr (August 19, 1785):
    • : The knot which you thought a Gordian one, will untie itself before you.
    • 1825, Category: w - :William Hazlitt|William Hazlitt, Category: s - :The Spirit of the Age|The Spirit of the Age, The Late Mr. Horne Tooke:
    • : Mr. Tooke thought he had answered this question satisfactorily, and loosened the Gordian knot of grammarians.
    • 1881, Category: w - :James Greenwood|James Greenwood, Category: s - :Low-Life Deeps|Low-Life Deeps, ch. 10:
    • : The right hon. gentleman, who was doubtless aware of the popularity of the old English saying, "what is sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander," shrewdly judged that he could not go far wrong if he cut the Gordian knot in which the publican's disagreement was bound, by declaring his conviction that what was good for the Crown and Cushion, in the Strand, was likewise good for the Three Jolly Tinkers, in Brick Lane; and that, to put an end to the vexed question, the shortest way would be to tar them all with the same brush.

      Translations

      Inter: trans-top » mythical knot
    • Belarusian: Inter: t- » be|гордзіеў вузел|m|tr=hórdzijeŭ vúzel|sc=Cyrl
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|гордиев възел|m|tr=górdiev vǎ̀zel|sc=Cyrl
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|戈耳狄俄斯之結|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|戈耳狄俄斯之结|tr=Gē'ěrdí'ésī zhī jié|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|gordický uzel|m
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|Gordionin solmu
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|nœud gordien|m
    • German: Inter: t- » de|Gordischer Knoten
    • Greek: Inter: t- » el|γόρδιος δεσμός|m|tr=górdios desmós|sc=Grek
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|gordiuszi csomó
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|Gordíans hnúturinn|m
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|nodo gordiano|m
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|ゴルディオスの結び目|tr=ゴルディオスのむすびめ, gorudiosu no musubime
    • Limburgish: Inter: t- » li|Górdische knoup|m


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|гордиев јазол|m|tr=górdiev jázol|sc=Cyrl
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|gordisk knute|m
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|węzeł gordyjski|m
  • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|nó górdio|m
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|гордиев узел|m|sc=Cyrl|tr=górdijev úzel
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|Гордијев чвор|m
  • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|Gordijev čvor|m
  • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|gordický uzol|m
  • Slovene: Inter: t- » sl|gordijski vozel|m
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|nudo gordiano|m
  • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|gordisk knut|c
  • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|гордіїв вузол|m|tr=hórdijiv vúzol|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » intricate problem
    • Albanian: Inter: t- » sq|nyja gordiane
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|gordický uzel|m
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|Gordionin solmu
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|nœud gordien|m
    • Greek: Inter: t- » el|γόρδιος δεσμός|m|tr=górdios desmós|sc=Grek
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|Gordíans hnúturinn|m
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|nodo gordiano|m
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|ゴルディオスの結び目|tr=ゴルディオスのむすびめ, gorudiosu no musubime


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Limburgish: Inter: t- » li|Górdische knoup|m
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|gordisk knute|m
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|węzeł gordyjski|m
  • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|nó górdio|m
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|гордиев узел|m|sc=Cyrl|tr=górdijev úzel
  • Slovene: Inter: t- » sl|gordijski vozel|m
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|nudo gordiano|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Category: Category:en:Knots -
    Translation: et » Gordian knot
    Translation: fr » Gordian knot
    Translation: hu » Gordian knot
    Translation: my » Gordian knot
    Translation: pl » Gordian knot
    Translation: ru » Gordian knot