- of or relating to Byzantium.
- of or relating to the Byzantine Empire.
- noting or pertaining to the architecture of the Byzantine Empire and to architecture influenced by or imitating it: characterized by masonry construction, round arches, impost blocks, low domes on pendentives, the presence of fine, spiky foliage patterns in low relief on stone capitals and moldings, and the use of frescoes, mosaics, and revetments of fine stone to cover whole interiors.
- Fine Arts. pertaining to or designating the style of the fine or decorative arts developed and elaborated in the Byzantine Empire and its provinces: characterized chiefly by an ecclesiastically prescribed iconography, highly formal structure, severe confinement of pictorial space to a shallow depth, and the use of rich, often sumptuous color.
- (sometimes lowercase) complex or intricate: a deal requiring Byzantine financing.
- (sometimes lowercase) characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue, especially for the gaining of political power or favor: Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship.
- of or relating to the Byzantine Church.
- a native or inhabitant of Byzantium.
Origin of Byzantine
Related Words for byzantinedaedal, complicated, convoluted, detailed, devious, difficult, elaborate, intricate, involved, labyrinthine, tortuous
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Contemporary Examples of byzantine
Rather, it precipitated a month-long diplomatic crisis of byzantine complexity that exposed deeper, long-term sources of conflict.Barbara Tuchman’s ‘The Guns of August’ Is Still WWI’s Peerless Chronicle
James A. Warren
September 29, 2014
Yalta was great for strolls along the sea during the Byzantine, Ottoman and Russian empires.Putin's Crimea Is a Big Anti-Gay Casino
September 8, 2014
American multinational companies may be best known today for their byzantine strategies to minimize their U.S. taxes.America’s Economy Is Outperforming Rivals Because the U.S. Is Excelling at Globalization
June 8, 2013
The Daily Pic: In Milan, circa 1490, a Byzantine ruler puts on Ottoman robes.When the Romans Were Turks
August 30, 2012
Our job creators would also benefit from fundamental tax reform that would simplify and flatten our Byzantine tax code.Time to Jump-Start the Economy
Thomas J. Donohue
September 12, 2011
Historical Examples of byzantine
The chapter on Byzantine Architecture is entirely from his pen.
Such irregularities are inherent in the Byzantine methods of building.
This was the last effort of pure Byzantine architecture in Constantinople.
It is to be found in this sense, I think, in almost all the Byzantine historians.Shakespeare Jest-Books;
The testimony of inscriptions corroborates that of the Byzantine writer.The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism
- of, characteristic of, or relating to Byzantium or the Byzantine Empire
- of, relating to, or characterizing the Orthodox Church or its rites and liturgy
- of or relating to the highly coloured stylized form of religious art developed in the Byzantine Empire
- of or relating to the style of architecture developed in the Byzantine Empire, characterized by massive domes with square bases, rounded arches, spires and minarets, and the extensive use of mosaics
- denoting the Medieval Greek spoken in the Byzantine Empire
- (of attitudes, etc) inflexible or complicated
- an inhabitant of Byzantium
1770, from Latin Byzantinus (see Byzantium); originally used of art style; later in reference to the complex, devious, and intriguing character of the royal court of Constantinople (1937). As a noun from 1770.