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cabalistic

[kab-uh-lis-tik]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the cabala.
  2. mystic; occult.
  3. of or marked by cabalism.
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Also cab·a·lis·ti·cal.

Origin of cabalistic

First recorded in 1615–25; cabal + -istic
Related formscab·a·lis·ti·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·cab·a·lis·tic, adjectivesem·i·cab·a·lis·ti·cal, adjectivesem·i·cab·a·lis·ti·cal·ly, adverb

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2. obscure, mysterious, arcane, dark.
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Examples from the Web for cabalistic

Historical Examples

  • And have not the Α and Ω something mystic and cabalistic about them even to us?

    Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863

    Various

  • They stood again by the cabalistic diagram on the floor of the kitchen.

    Whittier-land

    Samuel T. Pickard

  • But man saw only shape of diagram, its cabalistic lines and form.

    Eight Keys to Eden

    Mark Irvin Clifton

  • Carefully, she read the cabalistic line at the bottom of the map.

    The Gold Girl

    James B. Hendryx

  • Equally so the rites, ceremonies, and nature of the cabalistic order he established.

    Zanoni

    Edward Bulwer Lytton


Word Origin and History for cabalistic

adj.

1670s; see cabal + -istic.

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