Gordian: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (gôr'dē-un), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to Gordius, ancient king of Phrygia, who tied a knotthat, according to prophecy, was to be undone only by the person who was to rule Asia, and that was cut, rather than untied, by Alexander the Great.
  2. resembling the Gordian knot in intricacy.
  3. to act quickly and decisively in a difficult situation; solve a problem boldly.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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