Friday, March 07, 2008
cabal noun [kuh-BAHL; kuh-BAL] A secret, conspiratorial association of plotters or intriguers whose purpose is usually to bring about an overturn especially in public affairs.
Definitions for cabal
- A secret, conspiratorial association of plotters or intriguers whose purpose is usually to bring about an overturn especially in public affairs.
- The schemes or plots of such an association.
- To form a cabal; to conspire; to intrigue; to plot.
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Citations for cabal
If you constantly disagreed with Winters, he wrote you out of his cabal, his conspiracy against the poetry establishment.
My father always had been a collector. There were the stamps, National Geographics, scrapbooks filled with his favorite political cartoons, and booklets justifying his belief that the world was under the control of a global cabal of elites unified by such organizations as the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Freemasons.
Origin of cabal
Cabal derives from Medieval Latin cabala, a transliteration of Hebrew qabbalah, "received," hence "traditional, lore," from qabal, "to receive." The evolution in sense is: "(secret) tradition, secret, secret plots or intrigues, secret meeting, secret meeters, a group of plotters or intriguers."