verb (used without object), ca·balled, ca·bal·ling.
Origin of cabal
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of cabal
In the meanwhile, a cabal was going on against the old Ministry.
But the King and the Jesuitical cabal had determined that the disgrace of the Hydes should be complete.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
The cabal made a great noise to cover this monstrous audacity, and endeavoured to renew the attack against the Duc de Bourgogne.
Meanwhile the cabal against the ruined Ripperda raged with redoubled fury in the Spanish cabinet.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4
His conduct was, in fact, much remarked, and the cabal opposed to him entirely reduced to silence.
verb -bals, -balling or -balled (intr)
Word Origin for cabal
Word Origin 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.