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BYZANTINE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Byzantine mean? 

BYZANTINE (noun)
  The noun BYZANTINE has 1 sense:

1. a native or inhabitant of Byzantium or of the Byzantine Empire

  Familiarity information: BYZANTINE used as a noun is very rare.


BYZANTINE (adjective)
  The adjective BYZANTINE has 4 senses:

1. of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church or the rites performed in it
2. of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium
3. highly complex or intricate
4. characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue; devious

  Familiarity information: BYZANTINE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BYZANTINE (noun)


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Meaning:

A native or inhabitant of Byzantium or of the Byzantine Empire

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("Byzantine" is a kind of...):

Asian; Asiatic (a native or inhabitant of Asia)

Holonyms ("Byzantine" is a member of...):

Byzantine Empire; Byzantium; Eastern Roman Empire (a continuation of the Roman Empire in the Middle East after its division in 395)

Byzantium (an ancient city on the Bosporus founded by the Greeks; site of modern Istanbul; in 330 Constantine I rebuilt the city and called it Constantinople and made it his capital)


BYZANTINE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church or the rites performed in it

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

Byzantine monks / Byzantine rites

Pertainym:

Eastern Orthodox Church (derived from the Byzantine Church and adhering to Byzantine rites)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

Byzantine Empire (a continuation of the Roman Empire in the Middle East after its division in 395)


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Meaning:

Highly complex or intricate

Synonyms:

tortuous; convoluted; tangled; knotty; Byzantine; involved

Context examples:

the Byzantine tax structure / convoluted legal language / convoluted reasoning / the plot was too involved / a knotty problem / got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering / Oh, what a tangled web we weave / tortuous legal procedures / tortuous negotiations lasting for months

Similar:

complex (complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts)


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Meaning:

Characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue; devious

Context examples:

Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship / a fine hand for Byzantine deals and cozy arrangements

Similar:

artful (marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft)


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