Gordian-knot Definition

gôrdē-ən
noun
A knot tied by King Gordius of Phrygia, which an oracle reveals will be undone only by the future master of Asia: Alexander the Great, failing to untie it, cuts the knot with his sword.
Webster's New World
Any perplexing problem.
Webster's New World

The legendary knot tied to a pole near the temple of Zeus in Gordium.

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gordian-knot
Plural:
gordian-knots

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Origin of Gordian-knot

  • 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.

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