- 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 caballing
No husband can or ought to endure the idea of his wife's caballing against him.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
The caballing for dissolution of the Union, why should that be treasonable?
The President was helpless, and mistrustful of his officers, and the officers were caballing against the President.The Last Boer War
H. Rider Haggard
Ill-clad at the same time, and ill-shod, they fell to caballing and arranging plans to attack the city of Chios.Hellenica
He further observed that the consequence would be caballing and electioneering in the choice of Speaker.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)
Thomas Hart Benton
- 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 caballing
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.