Definition of cabal in English:

cabal

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Pronunciation: /kəˈbal
 
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noun

  • 1A secret political clique or faction: a cabal of dissidents
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    • In a party with its cliques and cabals, his distinguishing characteristic is that he has always had an independent streak, looking out for himself and refusing to rely on others.
    • Indeed, cliques and cabals spring up and create their own behavioral benchmarks, codes of conduct simultaneously acting inclusive and exclusive.
    • We do need to move forward, but as individual states with a common goal, not a superstate dominated by cliques, cabals and vested interests.
    Synonyms
    clique, faction, coterie, group, set, band, party, camp, gang, ring, cell, sect, caucus, league, confederacy, junta; pressure group; British ginger group; Australian/New Zealand push
    historical junto
    rare camarilla
  • 1.1 archaic A secret intrigue.
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    • In the popular political imagination we're familiar with the neocons as conniving militarists, masters of intrigue and cabals, graspers for the oil supplies of the world, and all the rest.
    • If there is in existence a genuine cabal of intrigue and perfidy, the logical targets of such accusations were surely the members of the regime.

Origin

late 16th century (denoting the Kabbalah): from French cabale, from medieval Latin cabala (see Kabbalah).

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