I. adjective Date: 1651 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient city of Byzantium 2. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a style of architecture developed in the Byzantine Empire especially in the fifth and sixth centuries featuring the dome carried on pendentives over a square and incrustation with marble veneering and with colored mosaics on grounds of gold 3. of or relating to the churches using a traditional Greek rite and subject to Eastern canon law 4. often not capitalized a. of, relating to, or characterized by a devious and usually surreptitious manner of operation <
a Byzantine power struggle
b. intricately involved ; labyrinthine <
rules of Byzantine complexity
II. noun Date: 1651 a native or inhabitant of Byzantium

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