or cab·ba·la, kab·a·la, kab·ba·la, kab·ba·lah
- a system of esoteric theosophy and theurgy developed by rabbis, reaching its peak about the 12th and 13th centuries, and influencing certain medieval and Renaissance Christian thinkers. It was based on a mystical method of interpreting Scripture by which initiates claimed to penetrate sacred mysteries. Among its central doctrines are, all creation is an emanation from the Deity and the soul exists from eternity.
- any occult or secret doctrine or science.
Origin of cabala
1515–25; < Medieval Latin cab(b)ala < Hebrew qabbālāh ‘tradition’, literally, something received, i.e., handed down
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Examples from the Web for cabala
But if you were to teach me the cabala, you would impart to me these holy names?The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The Cabala teaches us the infinite significance of words and names.
Astrology as well as the Cabala gives various methods for this purpose.
The Cabala, as we have seen, was made up of these heterogeneous elements.
This may be so, yet imperceptibly the Cabala has moulded the mind of the Jew.
- a variant spelling of kabbalah
Word Origin and History for cabala
1670s, variant of cabbala. Related: Cabalist.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper