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(French) cabale cabal, cabala (Late Latin) cabala cabala, from (Hebrew) qabbaleh reception, tradition, mysterious doctrine, from qabal to take or receive, in Piël qibbel to abopt (a doctrine).


1. Tradition; occult doctrine. See Cabala (obsolete) Hakewill.

2. A secret. (obsolete) "The measuring of the temple, a cabal found out but lately." B. Jonson.

3. A number of persons united in some close design, usually to promote their private views and interests in church or state by intrigue; a secret association composed of a few designing persons; a junto.

Note: It so happend, by a whimsical coincidence, that in 1671 the cabinet consisted of five persons, the initial letters of whose names made up the word cabal; Clifford, Arlington, Buckingham, Ashley, and Lauderdale. Macaulay.

4. The secret artifices or machinations of a few persons united in a close design; in intrigue. By cursed cabals of women. Dryden. Syn.

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int. & past participle Caballed; present participle & verbal noun Caballing. ; Confer (French) cabaler.


[int. & past participle Caballed; present participle & verbal noun Caballing].

To unite in a small party to promote private views and interests by intrigue; to intrigue; to plot. Caballing still against it with the great. Dryden.



- Junto; intrigue; plot; combination; conspiracy. An association for some purpose considered to be bad is the idea common to these terms. A combination is an organized union of individuals for mutual support in urging their demands or resisting the claims of others and may be good or bad according to circumstances; as a combiniation of workmen or of employers to effect or to prevent a chang in prices. A cabal is a secret association of a few individuals who seek by cunning practices to obtain office and power. A faction is a larger body than a cabal employed for selfish purposes in agitating the community and working up an excitement with a view to change the existing order of things. "Selfishness insubordination and laxity of morals give rise to combinations which belong particularly to the lower orders of society. Restless jealous ambitious and little minds are ever forming cabals. Factions belong especially to free governments and are raised by busy and turbulent spirits for selfish porposes". Crabb.



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From French cabale, from Medieval Latin cabala, which in turn is derived from the Hebrew קבלה (kabbala, “something received”) (i.e., from tradition, from antiquity). It is likely that the mystical often secretive nature of Kabbalah led to formation of the word cabal.


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cabal (plural cabals) A usually secret exclusive organization of individuals gathered for a political purpose. The cabal is plotting to take over the world. A secret plot. The cabal to destroy the building was foiled by federal agents. An identifiable group within the tradition of Discordianism. 1965 Greg Hill and Kerry Thornley, Principia Discordia Some episkoposes have a one-man cabal. Some work together. Some never do explain.


cabal (third-person singular simple present cabals, present participle caballing, simple past and past participle caballed) To engage in the activities of a cabal 1840, George Payne Rainsford James, The king's highway, volume 1, page 68-69: I believed her to have been carried off by some persons belonging to a party of Jacobites who were known to be caballing against the government, though to what extent was not then ascertained.


Adjective cabal m, f (plural cabais; comparable) complete rigorous exact satisfactory



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