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Thursday, August 01, 2002

Definitions for camarilla

  1. A group of secret and often scheming advisers, as of a king; a cabal or clique.

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Citations for camarilla
Mr Kiselev likened Yeltsin's entourage to a "camarilla" . . . which would turn Russia "into a gigantic banana republic corrupted from top to bottom by a rotten clique of demagogues". Marcus Warren, Daily Telegraph
The arrest in October 1976 of Mao's radical camarilla, the so-called Gang of Four, led by his maniacal widow, Jiang Qing, was the second "liberation," delivering the Chinese from the most extreme forms of ideological conditioning. Willem Van Kemenade, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Inc.
Origin of camarilla
Camarilla comes from Spanish, literally, "a small room," from Late Latin camera, "chamber" ("vault; arched roof" in Latin), from Greek kamara, "vault."