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Sunday, February 04, 2018

Definitions for byzantine

  1. complex or intricate: a deal requiring Byzantine financing.
  2. (initial capital letter) of or relating to Byzantium.
  3. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Byzantine Empire.

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Citations for byzantine
“We’ve had the process referred to as byzantine, shrouded in secrecy, opaque. Yet this is the process that Congress designed, a process that not only demands confidentiality, but strict confidentiality. This is the system we’re tasked to administer,” Grundmann said. Joe Davidson, "Hill's workplace rights agency points to Congress for lack of transparency," Washington Post, December 1, 2017
Over the course of two hundred pages I had improvised a byzantine system involving highlighter, underlines, and marginal punctuation marks. Tom Perrotta, Joe College, 2000
Origin of byzantine
The English adjective Byzantine originally applied to the city of Byzantium (later Constantinople) and the art, architecture, and history of the Byzantine or Eastern Roman Empire. The most common current sense "complex, intricate" dates from the first half of the 20th century. Byzantine entered English in the 18th century.
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