Definition of Cabal

1. Noun. A clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue.

Exact synonyms: Camarilla, Faction, Junto
Generic synonyms: Camp, Clique, Coterie, Ingroup, Inner Circle, Pack
Member holonyms: Cabalist

2. Verb. Engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together. "They cabal to move "; "They conspired to overthrow the government"
Exact synonyms: Complot, Conjure, Conspire, Machinate
Specialized synonyms: Coconspire
Generic synonyms: Plot
Derivative terms: Conspiracy, Conspirative, Conspirator, Machination, Machinator

3. Noun. A plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot).
Exact synonyms: Conspiracy
Generic synonyms: Game, Plot, Secret Plan
Specialized synonyms: Gunpowder Plot
Category relationships: Government, Political Science, Politics
Derivative terms: Conspire

Definition of Cabal

1. n. Tradition; occult doctrine. See Cabala

2. v. i. To unite in a small party to promote private views and interests by intrigue; to intrigue; to plot.

Definition of Cabal

1. Noun. A usually secret exclusive organization of individuals gathered for a political purpose. ¹

2. Noun. A secret plot. ¹

3. Noun. An identifiable group within the tradition of Discordianism. ¹

4. Verb. To engage in the activities of a cabal ¹

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Definition of Cabal

1. to conspire [v -BALLED, -BALLING, -BALS] - See also: conspire

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Literary usage of Cabal

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1. The American Revolution by John Fiske (1896)
"The other principal members of the cabal were Thomas Mifflin, the quartermaster-general, and James Lovell, a delegate from Massachusetts, ..."

2. The English Restoration and Louis XIV.: From the Peace of Westphalia to the by Osmund Airy (1898)
"THE cabal. THE prorogation of April 22,1671, left Charles once more free from ... This ' cabal' has been regarded as the origin of the present ' Cabinet. ..."

3. The History of England from the Accession of James the Second by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay, Hannah More Macaulay Trevelyan (1858)
"These ministers were therefore emphatically called the cabal; and they soon made that ... Of the members of the cabal he was the most respectable. ..."

4. History of the Counter-revolution in England: For the Re-establishment of by Armand Carrel, Charles James Fox (1846)
"MINISTRY OF THE cabal. Transition from the system of Clarendon to that of the libertines—Spirit of the cabal ministry, and of the parliamentary ..."

5. The Works of Lord Macaulay by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay (1898)
"These ministers were therefore emphatically called the cabal ; and they soon made that ... Of the members of the cabal he was the most respectable. ..."

6. A Student's History of England, from the Earliest Times to 1885: From the by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1891)
"The cabal. 1670.—After Clarendon's fall Charles had been his own chief minister. The ministers whom he consulted from time to time were known as his cabal, ..."

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