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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. Highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
    "the Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship";
    - convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuous, labyrinthine
  2. Of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church or the rites performed in it
    "Byzantine monks"; "Byzantine rites"
  3. Of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium

Derived forms: Byzantines

See also: complex

Type of: Asian, Asiatic

Part of: Byzantine Empire, Byzantium, Eastern Roman Empire

Encyclopedia: Byzantine