Byzantine [biz-uh n-teen, -tahyn, bahy-zuh n-, bih-zan-tin]
1. of or relating to Byzantium.
2. of or relating to the Byzantine Empire.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. (sometimes lowercase) complex or intricate: a deal requiring Byzantine financing.
6. (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.
7. of or relating to the Byzantine Church.
8. a native or inhabitant of Byzantium.
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Origin: 1590-1600; < Late Latin Bȳzantīnus of Byzantium; see -ine
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