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Examples of cabal in a Sentence
a cabal plotting to overthrow the government
a conspiracy theory about the existence of an international cabal devoted to world domination
Recent Examples of cabal from the Web
Investigators uncovered a scheme in which Adidas executive Jim Gatto, working with a cabal of athletic middlemen, allegedly used bribes to lure high-school standouts to at least two colleges the sportswear giant sponsored.
Clearly, a dark cabal of disaffected Nazis extremists, likely drawn from the German military, now conspired against the state.
BBC America After five seasons of clone cabals, the BBC America/Space series Orphan Black has come to a mostly happy end.
The cabal is run by Cuba on the ground but backed financially and strategically by Iran, Russia and Syria.
In isolating connections between the JFK assassination and current government affairs, some critics identified a secret cabal which functioned to maintain the military-interventionist state.
And yet almost one-third of them plumped for an angry billionaire who spends his time lambasting the political system as a cabal of corrupt insiders (despite serving as finance minister for the past four years).
The intense criticism of last week’s announcement that Boy Scouts of America will expand to include some girls suggested a slippery slope to social control by a cabal of anti-gender liberal power brokers.
That is how the U.S. system of government works, not through some fatuous usurpation of the executive power by a cabal of malcontents skulking around the Capitol like Caesar’s assassins.
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Did You Know?
In A Child's History of England, Charles Dickens associates the word cabal with a group of five ministers in the government of England's King Charles II. The initial letters of the names or titles of those men (Clifford, Arlington, Buckingham, Ashley, and Lauderdale) spell cabal, and Dickens dubbed them the "Cabal Ministry." These five men were widely regarded as invidious, secretive plotters and their activities may have encouraged English speakers to associate cabal with high-level government intrigue. But their names are not the source of the word cabal, which was in use decades before Charles II ascended the throne. The term can be traced back through French to cabbala, the Medieval Latin name for the Kabbalah, a traditional system of esoteric Jewish mysticism.
Origin and Etymology of cabal
First Known Use: 1614See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of cabal
- an assassination plot
- backstairs intrigue
- the machinations of a party boss
- a conspiracy to fix prices
- a cabal among powerful senators
CABAL Defined for English Language Learners
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