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Definitions of cabal

  1. To plot for a secret purpose. See Cabala. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To unite in a small party to promote private views and interests by intrigue; to intrigue; to plot. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To unite in secret with others to effect a design. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together; "They conspired to overthrow the government" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. To design secretly; to intrigue. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6. a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. Tradition; occult doctrine. See Cabala Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A number of persons united in some close design, usually to promote their private views and interests in church or state by intrigue; a secret association composed of a few designing persons; a junto. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The secret artifices or machinations of a few persons united in a close design; intrigue. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A secret combination for carrying out some special plan, usually evil. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. A small party united for some secret design: the plot itself. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. A party of plotters; a plot. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. A number of persons secretly united for some private purpose; intrigue; plot. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. A small party united in some secret state intrigue; secret artifices of such a party. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. A few men united secretly for some party purpose; a junto. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for cabal

  1. I dined almost every day with Cardinal Mazarin, who liked me the better because I refused to engage myself in the cabal called " The Importants," though many of the members were my dearest friends. – The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete by Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
  2. This mode of providing for the succession has a tendency to promote cabal and to prevent inquiry into the qualifications of the persons to be appointed. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
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