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cabbala

[kab-uh-luh, kuh-bah-]
noun
  1. cabala.
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Related formscab·ba·lism, nouncab·ba·list, nouncab·ba·lis·tic, cab·ba·lis·ti·cal, adjectivecab·ba·lis·ti·cal·ly, adverb

cabala

or cab·ba·la, kab·a·la, kab·ba·la, kab·ba·lah

[kab-uh-luh, kuh-bah-]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. any occult or secret doctrine or science.
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Origin of cabala

1515–25; < Medieval Latin cab(b)ala < Hebrew qabbālāh ‘tradition’, literally, something received, i.e., handed down
Can be confusedcabal cabala
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British Dictionary definitions for cabbala

cabbala

noun
  1. a variant spelling of kabbalah
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Derived Formscabbalism (ˈkæbəˌlɪzəm), nouncabbalist, nouncabbalistic, adjective

cabala

noun
  1. a variant spelling of kabbalah
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Derived Formscabalism (ˈkæbəˌlɪzəm), nouncabalist, nouncabalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for cabbala

n.

1520s, from Medieval Latin cabbala, from Mishnaic Hebrew qabbalah "reception, received lore, tradition," especially "tradition of mystical interpretation of the Old Testament," from qibbel "to receive, admit, accept." Cf. Arabic qabala "he received, accepted."

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cabala

n.

1670s, variant of cabbala. Related: Cabalist.

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