adjective cab·a·lis·tic \¦kabə¦listik, -ēk\

Definition of cabalistic

  1. 1 sometimes capitalized :  belonging, according, or relating to the Jewish cabala a cabalistic explanation of an Old Testament text cabalistic asceticism

  2. 2 :  having an occult, mystical, or esoteric meaning :  magic, mysterious a few cabalistic words from our guide — Herman Melville the potency of certain cabalistic signs over the lintel by describing with the hands certain cabalistic patterns on the air and uttering at the same time the proper Sanskrit formulas it was believed that goblins and demons … could be exorcised — J. B. Noss


\-tə̇k(ə)lē, -ēk-, -li\ adverb

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