Definition of Byzantine

1. Noun. A native or inhabitant of Byzantium or of the Byzantine Empire.

Group relationships: Byzantine Empire, Byzantium, Eastern Roman Empire, Byzantium
Generic synonyms: Asian, Asiatic

2. Adjective. Of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church or the rites performed in it. "Byzantine rites"

3. Adjective. Of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium.
Partainyms: Byzantine Empire

4. Adjective. Highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious. "Tortuous negotiations lasting for months"
Exact synonyms: Convoluted, Involved, Knotty, Tangled, Tortuous
Similar to: Complex
Derivative terms: Knottiness, Tortuousness

Definition of Byzantine

1. a. Of or pertaining to Byzantium.

Definition of Byzantine

1. Adjective. Overly complex or intricate. ¹

2. Adjective. Of or pertaining to Byzantium. ¹

3. Adjective. of a devious, usually stealthy manner, of practice. ¹

4. Noun. (rare) A native of Byzantium (modern-day Istanbul) ¹

5. Noun. (history) Belonging to the civilization of the Eastern-Roman empire, between 331 A.D. when the capital was moved to Constantinople (now Istanbul) and up 1453 when it was conquered by the Turks. ¹

6. Adjective. (alternative spelling of Byzantine) ¹

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Definition of Byzantine

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Byzantine

1. Of or pertaining to Byzantium. A native or inhabitant of Byzantium, now Constantinople; sometimes, applied to an inhabitant of the modern city of Constantinople. Alternative forms: Bizantine Byzantine church, the Eastern or Greek church, as distinguished from the Western or Roman or Latin church. See Greek. Byzantine empire, the Eastern Roman or Greek empire from A.D. 364 or A.D. 395 to the capture of Constantinople by the Turks, A.D. 1453. Byzantine historians, historians and writers (Zonaras, Procopius, etc) who lived in the Byzantine empire. Byzantine style, a style of architecture developed in the Byzantine empire. Its leading forms are the round arch, the dome, the pillar, the circle, and the cross. The capitals of the pillars are the endless variety, and full of invention. The mosque of St. Sophia, Constantinople, and the church of St. Mark, Venice, are prominent examples of Byzantine architecture. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Byzantine

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1. A History of Greece: From Its Conquest by the Romans to the Present Time, B by George Finlay (1877)
"THE contemporaries of Isaac Comnenus believed that the byzantine, or, ... But to those who study the causes of decline in the byzantine government from a ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1901)
"From the time of Heraclius, the byzantine theatre is contracted and darkened; the line of empire, which had been defined by the laws of Justinian and the ..."

3. La démocratie libérale by Thomas Hodgkin, Etienne Vacherot (1896)
"This is the account of the transaction given by byzantine Jordanes. The byzantine authorities put a slightly different colour upon it. ..."

4. A History of Greece: From Its Conquest by the Romans to the Present Time, B by George Finlay (1877)
"I.—Characteristics of byzantine History—Its Divisions —Extent and Administrative Divisions of the Empire. THE institutions of Imperial Rome long thwarted ..."

5. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1900)
"... he subsequently attempted a byzantine manner used also by him in St. . ... same time the water tower at < I rent Grimsby, also in the byzantine style. ..."

6. Italy and Her Invaders by Thomas Hodgkin (1899)
"CHAPTER I. THE PONTIFICATE OF HADRIAN I. Prankish and byzantine Affairs. Sources:— For byzantine affairs here alluded to, our chief authority is THEOPHANES ..."

7. The World in the Middle Ages: An Historical Geography, with Accounts of the by Adolph Ludvig Køppen (1854)
"THE byzantine EMPIRE. 324. FRONTIERS AND EXTENT. At the close of the eleventh century, and immediately before the great crusade, the northern frontiers of ..."

8. The Old Venetian Palaces and Old Venetian Folk by Thomas Okey (1907)
"byzantine FRIEZE : CORTE DEL MILIONE T. H " OLD VENETIAN PALACES AND OLD VENETIAN FOLK CHAPTER I The First House at Rialto—The Nature of the Soil—The The ..."

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