- a small group of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority.
- the plots and schemes of such a group; intrigue.
- a clique, as in artistic, literary, or theatrical circles.
- to form a cabal; intrigue; conspire; plot.
Origin of cabal
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Examples from the Web for cabal
A cabal can do it, selling their influence to the highest bidder.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer
November 12, 2014
The arms dealer sells it to a mysterious neo-Nazi cabal, which then detonates it in Baltimore.Want To Know What America Thinks of Itself? Watch Jack Ryan on Wall Street
January 18, 2014
LIBOR is the very definition of a rate set by a cabal, ripe for collusion.Don’t Just Blame Banks for Barclays Interest-Rates Mess
July 12, 2012
Silicon Valley has its own weaknesses: the cabal of successful investors is small and insular.Don't De-Friend Facebook Yet: Its IPO Might Not Mean Trouble Ahead
May 19, 2012
They even worry that a neo-con "cabal" has co-opted internal party debates, just as liberals have long maintained.The New GOP Warmongers
March 22, 2011
People denounced the Austrian cabal, and the queen as its centre.Lectures on the French Revolution
John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The political conspiracy developed into what is known in history as the "Cabal."Lafayette
Martha Foote Crow
By this plan several important ends are answered to the Cabal.
As a foundation of their scheme, the Cabal have established a sort of Rota in the Court.
Nor was this all: in London, there had already formed a cabal in favour of the Atheling.Harold, Complete
- a small group of intriguers, esp one formed for political purposes
- a secret plot, esp a political one; conspiracy; intrigue
- a secret or exclusive set of people; clique
- to form a cabal; conspire; plot
- the Cabal English history a group of ministers of Charles II that governed from 1667–73: consisting of Clifford, Ashley, Buckingham, Arlington, and Lauderdale
Word Origin and History for cabal
1520s, "mystical interpretation of the Old Testament," later "society, small group meeting privately" (1660s), from French cabal, in both senses, from Medieval Latin cabbala (see cabbala). Popularized in English 1673 as an acronym for five intriguing ministers of Charles II (Clifford, Arlington, Buckingham, Ashley, and Lauderdale), which gave the word its sinister connotations.