noun a native or inhabitant of Byzantium or of the Byzantine Empire
adjective of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church or the rites performed in it
adjective of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium
adjective satellite highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
tortuous; tangled; convoluted; involved; knotty.
the Byzantine tax structure
Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship
convoluted legal language
the plot was too involved
a knotty problem
got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering
Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott
tortuous legal procedures
tortuous negotiations lasting for months
Of or pertaining to Byzantium. -- n.A native or inhabitant of Byzantium, now Constantinople; sometimes, applied to an inhabitant of the modern city of Constantinople. Written also Bizantine.Its leading forms are the round arch, the dome, the pillar, the circle, and the cross. The capitals of the pillars are the endless variety, and full of invention. The mosque of St. Sophia, Constantinople, and the church of St. Mark, Venice, are prominent examples of Byzantine architecture.