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cabal

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noun ca·bal \kə-ˈbäl, -ˈbal\

Simple Definition of cabal

  • : a small group of people who work together secretly

Full Definition of cabal

  1. 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. 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>.

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cabal

verb ca·bal

Definition of cabal

ca·balledca·bal·ling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to unite in or form a cabal



1678

First Known Use of cabal

1678



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