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byzantine

to be highly complicated

TRANSLATION

sehr kompliziert

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

"She then began trying to decode the military culture and penetrate its byzantine bureaucracy."

(Geoffrey Stevens, Starving the military, Maclean's, 13th Apr. 1998)

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Wordwise: Although the common historical meaning of 'Byzantine' relates to the ancient city of Byzantium, or to the Byzantine Empire; we sometimes use this word to describe a system which is highly complicated, intricate and involved - often with the purpose of keeping out outsiders.

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