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ca·bal

 (kə-bäl′, -băl′)
n.
1. A conspiratorial group of plotters or intriguers: "Espionage is quite precisely it—a cabal of powerful men, working secretly" (Frank Conroy).
2. A secret scheme or plot.
intr.v. ca·balled, ca·bal·ling, ca·bals
To form a cabal; conspire.

[French cabale, from Medieval Latin cabala; see kabbalah.]

cabal

(kəˈbæl)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a small group of intriguers, esp one formed for political purposes
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a secret plot, esp a political one; conspiracy; intrigue
3. a secret or exclusive set of people; clique
vb (intr) , -bals, -balling or -balled
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to form a cabal; conspire; plot
[C17: from French cabale, from Medieval Latin cabala; see cabbala]

Cabal

(kəˈbæl)
n
(Historical Terms) the Cabal English history a group of ministers of Charles II that governed from 1667–73: consisting of Clifford, Ashley, Buckingham, Arlington, and Lauderdale
[see kabbalah; by a coincidence, the initials of Charles II's ministers can be arranged to form this word]

ca•bal

(kəˈbæl)

n., v. -balled, -bal•ling. n.
1. a small group of secret plotters, as against a government or authority.
2. the plots and schemes of such a group.
3. a clique, as in literary circles.
v.i.
4. to form a cabal.
[1610–20; < Medieval Latin cabbala]
syn: See conspiracy.

Cabal

 a small group engaged in a secret intrigue; a political clique. See also camarilla, conspiracy, faction, party.
Examples: cabal of artists, 1859; of cardinals, 1715; of intriguers; of politicians. [Its origin was popularly related as an acronym referring to 1670, when the English Government ministers included C lifford, A shley, B uckingham, A rlington, and L auderdale.]

cabal


Past participle: caballed
Gerund: caballing

Imperative
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Present
I cabal
you cabal
he/she/it cabals
we cabal
you cabal
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Preterite
I caballed
you caballed
he/she/it caballed
we caballed
you caballed
they caballed
Present Continuous
I am caballing
you are caballing
he/she/it is caballing
we are caballing
you are caballing
they are caballing
Present Perfect
I have caballed
you have caballed
he/she/it has caballed
we have caballed
you have caballed
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Past Continuous
I was caballing
you were caballing
he/she/it was caballing
we were caballing
you were caballing
they were caballing
Past Perfect
I had caballed
you had caballed
he/she/it had caballed
we had caballed
you had caballed
they had caballed
Future
I will cabal
you will cabal
he/she/it will cabal
we will cabal
you will cabal
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Future Perfect
I will have caballed
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Future Continuous
I will be caballing
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been caballing
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been caballing
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been caballing
you had been caballing
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we had been caballing
you had been caballing
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Conditional
I would cabal
you would cabal
he/she/it would cabal
we would cabal
you would cabal
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Past Conditional
I would have caballed
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we would have caballed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cabal - 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
2.cabal - a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)
plot, secret plan, game - a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal); "they concocted a plot to discredit the governor"; "I saw through his little game from the start"
Gunpowder Plot - a conspiracy in 1605 in England to blow up James I and the Houses of Parliament to avenge the persecution of Catholics in England; led by Guy Fawkes
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
Verb1.cabal - engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together; "They conspired to overthrow the government"
coconspire - conspire together; "The two men coconspired to cover up the Federal investigation"
plot - plan secretly, usually something illegal; "They plotted the overthrow of the government"

cabal

noun
1. clique, set, party, league, camp, coalition, faction, caucus, junta, coterie, schism, confederacy, conclave He had been chosen by a cabal of fellow senators.
2. plot, scheme, intrigue, conspiracy, machination The left saw it as a bourgeois cabal.

cabal

noun
A secret plan to achieve an evil or illegal end:
Translations
salaliitto

cabal

[kəˈbæl] N (= clique) → contubernio m, camarilla f; (= conspiracy) → conspiración f

cabal

n
(= intrigue)Intrige f, → Komplott nt, → Kabale f (old liter)
(= group)Clique f, → Kamarilla f (geh)

cabal

[kəˈbæl] n (intrigue) → intrigo; (group) → cricca
References in classic literature ?
No spider ever took more pains to repair the shattered meshes of his web, than did Waldemar Fitzurse to reunite and combine the scattered members of Prince John's cabal.
But he was at last in pain at my long absence; and after consulting with the treasurer and the rest of that cabal, a person of quality was dispatched with the copy of the articles against me.
She pretended that a wicked plot was being hatched against her, a cabal which would come to a head one of those days; but she added that she was not the woman to be intimidated.
Had he been a New Englander, it is probable that he would have been ranked as the first of American lyrists by that magnanimous cabal which has so long controlled the destinies of American Letters, in conducting the thing called "The North American Review.
at all events, it did not prevent the archdeacon from being considered by the learned heads of the chapter, as a soul who had ventured into the vestibule of hell, who was lost in the caves of the cabal, groping amid the shadows of the occult sciences.
Grand Cabal of Able-Bodied Sedentarians; Associated Deities of the
But the Subalterns' and Captains' ladies (the Major is unmarried) cabal against her a good deal.
The influence which the bigotry of one female,[6] the petulance of another,[7] and the cabals of a third,[8] had in the contemporary policy, ferments, and pacifications, of a considerable part of Europe, are topics that have been too often descanted upon not to be generally known.
In the first place, it is to be remarked that, however small the republic may be, the representatives must be raised to a certain number, in order to guard against the cabals of a few; and that, however large it may be, they must be limited to a certain number, in order to guard against the confusion of a multitude.
private secretary to a minister, plunged at once into European cabals and Parisian intrigues; having kings, and, better still, queens, to protect, parties to unite, elections to direct; making more use of your cabinet with your pen and your telegraph than Napoleon did of his battle-fields with his sword and his victories; possessing five and twenty thousand francs a year, besides your place; a horse, for which Chateau-Renaud offered you four hundred louis, and which you would not part with; a tailor who never disappoints you; with the opera, the jockey-club, and other diversions, can you not amuse yourself?
Does my lord seriously wish me to name any one who was mixed up in the cabals of that day?
Still the domestic establishment is liable to jealousies and cabals, and the lord and master has much difficulty in maintaining harmony in his jangling household.