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cab·a·la

 (kăb′ə-lə, kə-bä′-)
n.
Variant of kabbalah.. See Usage Note at kabbalah.

cab′a·lism n.
cab′a·list n.

cabala

(kəˈbɑːlə)
n
(Judaism) a variant spelling of kabbalah
cabalism n
ˈcabalist n
ˌcabaˈlistic, ˌcabaˈlistical adj

cab•a•la

or cab•ba•la or

(ˈkæb ə lə, kəˈbɑ-)

n., pl. -las.
1. (often cap.) a system of esoteric philosophy developed by rabbis, reaching its peak in the Middle Ages and based on a mystical method of interpreting the Scriptures.
2. any occult doctrine or science.
[1515–25; < Medieval Latin cab(b)ala < Hebrew qabbālāh tradition]

cabala

Also known as the kabala, kabbalah and qabalah, this is an ancient Hebrew mystical doctrine, elements of which are sometimes used in witchcraft.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cabala - an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret
arcanum, secret - information known only to a special group; "the secret of Cajun cooking"
2.Cabala - an esoteric theosophy of rabbinical origin based on the Hebrew scriptures and developed between the 7th and 18th centuries
theosophy - a system of belief based on mystical insight into the nature of God and the soul
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
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Then gazing at his quadrant, and handling, one after the other, its numerous cabalistical contrivances, he pondered again, and muttered: Foolish toy
The aid of the Jewish physicians was not the less eagerly sought after, though a general belief prevailed among the Christians, that the Jewish Rabbins were deeply acquainted with the occult sciences, and particularly with the cabalistical art, which had its name and origin in the studies of the sages of Israel.
Then gazing at his quadrant, and handling, one after the other, its numerous cabalistical contrivances, he pondered again, and muttered: "Foolish toy