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1cabal

noun ca·bal \kə-ˈbäl, -ˈbal\

: a small group of people who work together secretly

Full Definition of CABAL

1
:  the artifices and intrigues of a group of persons secretly united in a plot (as to overturn a government); also :  a group engaged in such artifices and intrigues
2
:  club, group <a cabal of artists>

Examples of CABAL

  1. a cabal plotting to overthrow the government
  2. <a conspiracy theory about the existence of an international cabal devoted to world domination>

Origin of CABAL

French cabale cabala, intrigue, cabal, from Medieval Latin cabbala cabala, from Late Hebrew qabbālāh, literally, received (lore)
First Known Use: 1614

Synonym Discussion of CABAL

plot, intrigue, machination, conspiracy, cabal mean a plan secretly devised to accomplish an evil or treacherous end. plot implies careful foresight in planning a complex scheme <an assassination plot>. intrigue suggests secret underhanded maneuvering in an atmosphere of duplicity <backstairs intrigue>. machination implies a contriving of annoyances, injuries, or evils by indirect means <the machinations of a party boss>. conspiracy implies a secret agreement among several people usually involving treason or great treachery <a conspiracy to fix prices>. cabal typically applies to political intrigue involving persons of some eminence <a cabal among powerful senators>.

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

2cabal

verb
ca·balledca·bal·ling

Definition of CABAL

intransitive verb
:  to unite in or form a cabal

First Known Use of CABAL

1678

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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