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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
On September 9, a cabal of friends and collaborators will lovingly razz the veteran actor at his comedic alma mater, Second City.
While this cabal cheers its victory over Monsanto, European farmers fear for their livelihood.
Brosnan deploys his suaveness, talking out of both sides of his mouth to British politicians and his cabal of former (or are they?) IRA militants.
My guess is that both sides are being funded by the deep state cabal that owns the traffic cone concession.
Brosnan talks out of both sides of his mouth to British politicians and his cabal of former (or are they?) IRA militants.
In their effort to kill off the self-sufficiency so fundamental to the sport, cabal suits acted like, well, tennis players.
The project looks like an exercise in revenge against a perceived German cabal of engineers that Dyson is suing in the EU courts over alleged labelling abuses.
This is classic conspiracy thinking — that some small secret cabal is responsible for a world-historical outcome that had much more obvious causes (Hillary Clinton’s poor campaign, for one).
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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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