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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Definitions for byzantine

  1. Complex or intricate.
  2. Characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue, esp. for the gaining of political power or favor.
  3. Of or pertaining to Byzantium.

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Citations for byzantine
The fun carrier has shown promise, despite byzantine regulations, powerful rivals, and airlines' tendency to hemorrhage money during recessions and spikes in fuel prices. Brad Stone, "Will Richard Branson's Virgin America Fly?," Business Week, December, 2010
A wedding at her parents' Annapolis estate hurls high-strung Lynn into the fire of primal, byzantine family dynamics. , "Movie Review: 'Another Happy Day,'" Washington Post, January, 2011
Origin of byzantine
1590-1600
Byzantine derives its general reference to complexity from the intricate workings of the government of Byzantium, an ancient center of both the Roman and Ottoman empires.