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cabbala

[kab-uh-luh, kuh-bah-] /ˈkæb ə lə, kəˈbɑ-/
noun
1.
Related forms
cabbalism, noun
cabbalist, noun
cabbalistic, cabbalistical, adjective
cabbalistically, adverb

cabala

or cabbala, kabala, kabbala, kabbalah

[kab-uh-luh, kuh-bah-] /ˈkæb ə lə, kəˈbɑ-/
noun
1.
a system of esoteric theosophy and theurgy developed by rabbis, reaching its peak about the 12th and 13th centuries, and influencing certain medieval and Renaissance Christian thinkers. It was based on a mystical method of interpreting Scripture by which initiates claimed to penetrate sacred mysteries. Among its central doctrines are, all creation is an emanation from the Deity and the soul exists from eternity.
2.
any occult or secret doctrine or science.
Origin of cabala
1515-1525
1515-25; < Medieval Latin cab(b)ala < Hebrew qabbālāh ‘tradition’, literally, something received, i.e., handed down
Can be confused
cabal, cabala.
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cabbala

/kəˈbɑːlə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of kabbalah
Derived Forms
cabbalism (ˈkæbəˌlɪzəm) noun
cabbalist, noun
cabbalistic, adjective

cabala

/kəˈbɑːlə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of kabbalah
Derived Forms
cabalism (ˈkæbəˌlɪzəm) noun
cabalist, noun
cabalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for cabbala
n.

1520s, from Medieval Latin cabbala, from Mishnaic Hebrew qabbalah "reception, received lore, tradition," especially "tradition of mystical interpretation of the Old Testament," from qibbel "to receive, admit, accept." Cf. Arabic qabala "he received, accepted."

cabala

n.

1670s, variant of cabbala. Related: Cabalist.

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