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Definition of Byzantine adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1connected with Byzantium or the Eastern Roman Empire
  2. 2 used to describe architecture of the 5th to the 15th centuries in the Byzantine Empire, especially churches with high central domes and mosaics
  3. 3byzantine (formal) (of an idea, a system, etc.) complicated, secret, and difficult to change an organization of byzantine complexity
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: Byzantine