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

Derived forms: Byzantines

See also: complex

Type of: Asian, Asiatic

Part of: Byzantine Empire, Byzantium, Eastern Roman Empire

Encyclopedia: Byzantine