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byzantine (adj) – 1. (a). Of or relating to the ancient city of Byzantium. (Byzantium or Byzantion was an ancient Greek colony in early antiquity that later became Constantinople, and later Istanbul).
(b) Of or relating to the Byzantine Empire.
2. Of or belonging to the style of architecture developed from the fifth century ad in the Byzantine Empire, characterised especially by a central dome resting on a cube formed by four round arches and their pendentives and by the extensive use of surface decoration, especially veined marble panels, low relief carving, and coloured glass mosaics.
3. Of the painting and decorative style developed in the Byzantine Empire, characterized by formality of design, frontal stylized presentation of figures, rich use of color, especially gold, and generally religious subject matter.
4. (a). Of the Eastern Orthodox Church or the rites performed in it.
(b) Of an Eastern Catholic church that maintains the worship of the Eastern Orthodox Church or the rites performed in it.
5. (often byzantine) (a) Of, relating to, or characterised by intrigue; scheming or devious.
b. Highly complicated; intricate and involved.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 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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