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 (kăm′ə-rĭl′ə, -rē′yə)
A group of confidential, often scheming advisers; a cabal.

[Spanish, diminutive of cámara, room, from Late Latin camera; see chamber.]


(ˌkæməˈrɪlə; Spanish kamaˈriʎa)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a group of confidential advisers, esp formerly, to the Spanish kings; cabal
[C19: from Spanish: literally: a little room]


(ˌkæm əˈrɪl ə, -ˈri ə)

n., pl. -las.
a group of unofficial or private advisers; cabal.
[1830–40; < Sp camara room]


 a company of secret or irresponsible councillors, e.g., the king’s circle of advisors. See also cabal, clique, coterie.
Examples: camarilla of advisors; of councillors; of politicians, 1867; of priests, 1839.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.camarilla - a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, camp, pack - an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
cabalist - a member of a cabal
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La politica se redujo al manejo del poder de facciones y camarillas sin poner importancia en sus visiones de la politica y del Estado.
Madero's grandfather, Evaristo Madero, was a governor of Coahuila, but after he lost power in 1884 the family became political outcasts with an astonishing track record of backing losing factions in politics and in many ways became almost totally oriented toward pursuing markets for their family businesses and vendettas against rival camarillas within the state.
Based on a thorough and compelling regional examination of the caciques and camarillas of the Cardenas years, Fallaw rejects the prevailing characterization of the period, whether by populists, revisionists or postrevisionists, as one in which state power was centralized or consolidated in the federal government.