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EtymologyEdit

From French cabale, from Medieval Latin cabbala [1], which in turn is derived from Hebrew קַבָּלָה(kabalá, Jewish mysticism, literally something received).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kəˈbɑːl/, /kəˈbæl/

NounEdit

cabal (plural cabals)

  1. A usually secret exclusive organization of individuals gathered for a political purpose.
    The cabal is plotting to ruin the world.
  2. A secret plot.
    The cabal to destroy the building was foiled by federal agents.
  3. An identifiable group within the tradition of Discordianism.

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VerbEdit

cabal (third-person singular simple present cabals, present participle caballing, simple past and past participle caballed)

  1. To engage in the activities of a cabal.
    • 1704, [Jonathan Swift], “Section I. The Introduction.”, in A Tale of a Tub. [], London: Printed for John Nutt, [], OCLC 752990886, page 45:
      [W]e think it very unbecoming our Prudence, that the Determination ſhould be remitted to the Authors themſelves; when our Adversaries, by Briguing and Caballing, have cauſed so univerſal a Defection from us, that the greater Part of our Society has already deſerted to them, [...]
    • 1840, George Payne Rainsford James, The King’s Highway, volume I, pages 68–69:
      [...] I believed her to have been carried off by some persons belonging to a party of Jacobites who were known to be caballing against the government, though to what extent was not then ascertained.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ cabal” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.

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AdjectiveEdit

cabal (masculine and feminine plural cabals)

  1. complete, total
  2. upright, well-rounded

NounEdit

cabal m (plural cabals)

  1. possessions

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AdjectiveEdit

cabal m or f (plural cabais, comparable)

  1. complete
  2. rigorous
  3. exact
  4. satisfactory

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

cabo +‎ -al

AdjectiveEdit

cabal (plural cabales)

  1. upright
  2. exact

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