Definition of cabal in English:


Syllabification: ca·bal
Pronunciation: /kəˈbäl, -ˈbal


  • A 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.
    clique, faction, coterie, cell, sect, junta, camarilla; lobby (group), pressure group


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

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