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. A number of persons secretly united for some private purpose; intrigue; plot.
  16. A small party united in some secret state intrigue; secret artifices of such a party.
  17. To plot for a secret purpose. See Cabala.
  18. A few men united secretly for some party purpose; a junto.
  19. To design secretly; to intrigue.
  20. 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. 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
  2. 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
  3. All in a cabal against my class, the toilers, the producers. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. A third officer in this " cabal" was Thomas Mifflin. – The True George Washington [10th Ed.] by Paul Leicester Ford
  8. He was a member of the " Cabal" and intrigued against Clarendon. – A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin
  9. 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
  10. What do they call their cabal? – Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
  11. 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
  12. It was too late to cabal. – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli
  13. 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