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(biz′ən tēn′, -tīn′, bī′zən-, bi zan′tin),USA pronunciation adj.
- Ancient History, World Historyof or pertaining to Byzantium.
- Ancient Historyof or pertaining to the Byzantine Empire.
- Architecturenoting 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.
- Fine Artpertaining 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.
- (sometimes l.c.) complex or intricate:a deal requiring Byzantine financing.
- (sometimes l.c.) characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue, esp. for the gaining of political power or favor:Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship.
- of or pertaining to the Byzantine Church.
- Ancient Historya native or inhabitant of Byzantium.
- Late Latin Bȳzantīnus of Byzantium; see -ine1
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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 Byzantine /bɪˈzænˌtaɪn -ˌtiːn baɪ-; ˈbɪzənˌtiːn -ˌtaɪn/ adj
- of, characteristic of, or relating to Byzantium or the Byzantine Empire
- of, relating to, or characterizing the Orthodox Church or its rites and liturgy
- of or relating to the highly coloured stylized form of religious art developed in the Byzantine Empire
- of or relating to the style of architecture developed in the Byzantine Empire, characterized by massive domes with square bases, rounded arches, spires and minarets, and the extensive use of mosaics
- denoting the Medieval Greek spoken in the Byzantine Empire
- (of attitudes, etc) inflexible or complicated
Byzantinism /bɪˈzæntaɪˌnɪzəm -tiː baɪ-; ˈbɪzəntiːˌnɪzəm -taɪ-/ n
- an inhabitant of Byzantium
byz•an•tine /ˈbɪzənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn/USA pronunciation
- characterized by complicated scheming or intrigue:a byzantine plot for retaining his power.
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