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Adjective: Byzantine  bi'zan,tIn or bI'zan,teen or 'bi-z(u)n,teen
  1. Highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
    "the Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship";
    - convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuous
     
  2. Of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium
     
  3. Of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church or the rites performed in it
    "Byzantine monks"; "Byzantine rites"
Noun: Byzantine  bi'zan,tIn or bI'zan,teen or 'bi-z(u)n,teen
  1. A native or inhabitant of Byzantium or of the Byzantine Empire

Derived forms: Byzantines

See also: complex

Type of: Asian, Asiatic

Part of: Byzantine Empire, Byzantium, Eastern Roman Empire

Encyclopedia: Byzantine