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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
A world without Roe is a world where the fate of a woman’s body — its red fleshy insides, its tubes and its fluids, its unruly growths and wild transfigurations — is decided upon by cabals of men in the cold, marble halls of statehouses.
The Republican congressional performance has been contemptible, though not as shameful as the sleaziness of the Democrats and their Washington–New York–Hollywood media and show-business cabal.
In an act of unprecedented secrecy, a cabal of 13 men have led a cloak-and-dagger effort to retool the American health care system while keeping their deliberations hidden from not only citizens, but also from other senators.
That move may have played into Trump’s characterization of himself as battling against a cabal of greater Washington, but the description by Comey drew little more than a shrug among the senators, even Republicans.
In his speech, Trump painted a picture of a global cabal dictating America's actions and economy.
During the film festival this cabal of indefatigable problem-fixers will be working in overdrive, handling just about anything the rich and famous can throw at them.
Interviews with Mr. Sonia-Wallace and mall officials uncovered no collusion, conspiracy or cabal.
That's all well and good for the Trump cabal inside.
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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
Definition of cabal for English Language Learners
: a small group of people who work together secretly
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