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  • adj. Alternative spelling of Byzantine.
  • n. A byzant (coin).


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  • Ted Nesi explains what he calls the byzantine pricing structure here.

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  • Bracelet in byzantine weave in shiny silver aluminum, made from tiny little 1/8th inch rings.

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  • ‡ The word byzantine is often applied to a group of intricately connected and rigidly applied regulations or traditions, or to a complex bureaucracy that insists on formal requirements.

    Byzantine Empire

  • The judgment - in a fight over investments that Judge Newbould calls "byzantine" - provides a look inside the collapse of Canada's $30-billion asset-backed commercial paper ABCP market, which seized up as the first signs of the global financial crisis began to set in four years ago.

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  • Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades and his lieutenants have spent the past year building the bandwidth they believe they need to squeeze every advantage out of what one aide called the "byzantine" nomination process.

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  • Italy and the Vatican -- can safely be described as byzantine, with apologies due to

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  • Wilde described hisdrama as "byzantine", and it can beoverdone: Zawe Ashton's Salome is prone to fondling herself in the fashion of young ladies who would like to get to know you better after you have called their premium-rate phone line.


  • But the name and its adjective 'byzantine' in modern parlance suggest intrigue, complexity, and corruption, and if there is an occasional intimation of glitter or gaudy decoration this rarely connotes beauty.

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  • Today in theology, my esteemed professor used the terms "byzantine," "medieval," and "backwards" to describe the papal bureaucracy of Pio Nono.

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  • Photograph: Royal Commission On The Ancient/PA islands of St Kilda, is in a shambolic state, thanks in part to a "byzantine" management structure involving 87 trustees and more than 100 non-executive members.

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  • I think the meaning widdershins uses refers to the idea that the Byzantine court, its politics, and/or the empire's bureaucracy were so, well, byzantine.

    June 20, 2008

  • can I get a time-frame?, when was the Byzantine Empire?

    June 20, 2008

  • Yes it can.

    December 22, 2007

  • Can't this also mean very complex, particularly when related to bureaucracy and such? Or am I making that up?

    December 22, 2007