Definitions of cabal

  1. engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together; " They conspired to overthrow the government"
  2. a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act ( especially a political plot)
  3. a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue
  4. a clique ( often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
  5. Tradition; occult doctrine. See Cabala
  6. A secret.
  7. 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.
  8. The secret artifices or machinations of a few persons united in a close design; intrigue.
  9. To unite in a small party to promote private views and interests by intrigue; to intrigue; to plot.
  10. A secret combination for carrying out some special plan, usually evil.
  11. To unite in secret with others to effect a design.
  12. A small party united for some secret design: the plot itself.
  13. To form a party for a secret purpose: to plot:- pr. p. caballing; pa. p. caballed'.
  14. A party of plotters; a plot.
  15. To plot.
  16. A number of persons secretly united for some private purpose; intrigue; plot.
  17. A small party united in some secret state intrigue; secret artifices of such a party.
  18. To plot for a secret purpose. See Cabala.
  19. A few men united secretly for some party purpose; a junto.
  20. To design secretly; to intrigue.
  21. A secret science or knowledge which the Jewish rabbins alleged they possessed, and by which they professed to be able to explain all Scripture difficulties.

Usage examples for cabal

  1. If ministers, instead of following the great indications of the Constitution, proceed on such reports, they will take the whispers of a cabal for the voice of the people, and the counsels of imprudent timidity for the wisdom of a nation. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  2. One fact indeed there is which must always make the thought of Pindar's Theban citizenship painful to us, and that is the shameful part taken by Thebes in the Persian war, when compulsion of her exposed situation, and oligarchical cabal within her walls, drew her into unholy alliance with the barbarian invader. – The Extant Odes of Pindar by Pindar
  3. 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
  4. A report is publicly spread abroad by some person, that there exists a giant seventy feet high; the learned soon after begin to discuss and dispute about the color of his hair, the thickness of his thumb, the measurement of his nails; they exclaim, cabal and even fight upon the subject. – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  5. A third officer in this " cabal was Thomas Mifflin. – The True George Washington [10th Ed.] by Paul Leicester Ford
  6. Hitherto I had known neither clique nor cabal in a theatre; now I found myself in a network of them. – Life on the Stage by Clara Morris
  7. So he busied himself in organizing a kind of conspiracy against Washington, which came to be known as the " Conway Cabal – The War of Independence by John Fiske
  8. It was too late to cabal – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli
  9. Men, women, people of all conditions who belonged to that cabal lost all countenance. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  10. The Tartuffe hove into view as an enemy's vessel; it offended, not Dieu mais les devots, as the Prince de Conde explained the cabal raised against it to the King. – The Short Works of George Meredith by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  11. A conspiracy is a combination of persons for an evil purpose, or the act of so combining. Conspiracy is a distinct crime under common, and generally under statutory, law. A faction is more extensive than a conspiracy, less formal in organization, less definite in plan. Faction and its adjective, factious, have always an unfavorable sense. Cabal commonly denotes a conspiracy of leaders. A gang is a company of workmen all doing the same work under one leader; the word is used figuratively only of combinations which it is meant to stigmatize as rude and mercenary; crew is used in a closely similar sense. A conclave is secret, but of larger numbers, ordinarily, than a cabal and may have honorable use; as, the conclave of cardinals. –  by
  12. A cabal was formed against Monsieur le Duc d'Orleans. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  13. He was a member of the " Cabal and intrigued against Clarendon. – A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin
  14. For what it is worth, there was no doubt that they were now busy leaders in the cabal against him, and he knew it. – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  15. It was closely connected with the intrigues against General Schuyler, and thus more remotely with the Conway cabal and the treason of Arnold. – The Critical Period of American History by John Fiske
  16. All in a cabal against my class, the toilers, the producers. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  17. What do they call their cabal – Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
  18. The pamphlet on the Present Discontents is partially obscured or muffled to the modern reader by the space which is given to the cabal of the day. – Burke by John Morley
  19. 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