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Meaning of CABAL

Pronunciation:  ku'bal

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)
  2. [n]  a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue
  3. [v]  engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together; "They conspired to overthrow the government"

CABAL is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: camarilla, complot, conjure, conspiracy, conspire, faction, junta, junto, machinate
 See Also: camp, clique, coconspire, coterie, Gunpowder Plot, ingroup, inner circle, pack, plot, plot, secret plan



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ca*bal"\ (k[.a]*b[a^]l"), n. [F. cabale cabal, cabala,
    LL. cabala cabala, fr. Heb. qabb[=a]l[=e]h reception,
    tradition, mysterious doctrine, fr. q[=a]bal to take or
    receive, in Pi["e]l qibbel to adopt (a doctrine).]
    1. Tradition; occult doctrine. See {Cabala} [Obs.]
    2. A secret. [Obs.] ``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; intrigue.
             By cursed cabals of women.            --Dryden.
    Syn: Junto; intrigue; plot; combination; conspiracy.
    Usage: {Cabal}, {Combination}, {Faction}. 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 change 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 purposes''.         --Crabb.
  2. \Ca*bal"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Caballed} (-b[a^]ld"); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Caballing}]. [Cf. F. cabaler.]
    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.
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