cabal


1ca·bal

noun \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

Related to CABAL

Synonyms
1ring, conspiracy, crew, gang, Mafia, mob, syndicate
See Synonym Discussion at plot

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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