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cabal

[kuh-bal]
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noun
  1. a small group of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority.
  2. the plots and schemes of such a group; intrigue.
  3. a clique, as in artistic, literary, or theatrical circles.
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verb (used without object), ca·balled, ca·bal·ling.
  1. to form a cabal; intrigue; conspire; plot.
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Origin of cabal

1610–20, for an earlier sense; earlier cabbal < Medieval Latin cabbala. See cabala
Related formsca·bal·ler, noun
Can be confusedcabal cabala

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2. See conspiracy.
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Related Words for caballing

devise, sketch, operate, conspire, hatch, collude, connive, cooperate, tend, cabal, frame, contrive, design, concoct, machinate, wangle, draft, cogitate, finagle, maneuver

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Historical Examples of caballing

  • No husband can or ought to endure the idea of his wife's caballing against him.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • 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

    Xenophon

  • He further observed that the consequence would be caballing and electioneering in the choice of Speaker.


British Dictionary definitions for caballing

cabal

noun
  1. a small group of intriguers, esp one formed for political purposes
  2. a secret plot, esp a political one; conspiracy; intrigue
  3. a secret or exclusive set of people; clique
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verb -bals, -balling or -balled (intr)
  1. to form a cabal; conspire; plot
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Word Origin for cabal

C17: from French cabale, from Medieval Latin cabala; see cabbala

Cabal

noun
  1. the Cabal English history a group of ministers of Charles II that governed from 1667–73: consisting of Clifford, Ashley, Buckingham, Arlington, and Lauderdale
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Word Origin for Cabal

see kabbalah; by a coincidence, the initials of Charles II's ministers can be arranged to form this word
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Word Origin and History for caballing

cabal

n.

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.

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