Byzantine

Primary Meanings of Byzantine

1.
adjn
of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium
a native or inhabitant of Byzantium or of the Byzantine Empire
2.
adj
of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church or the rites performed in it
3.
adj
highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
Full Definitions of Byzantine
1

adj of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium

n a native or inhabitant of Byzantium or of the Byzantine Empire

Type of:
Asian, Asiatic
a native or inhabitant of Asia
2

adj of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church or the rites performed in it

Byzantine monks”
Byzantine rites”
3

adj highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

“the Byzantine tax structure”
Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship”
Synonyms:
convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuous
complex
complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.