What does cabal mean?

Definitions for cabalkəˈbæl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cabal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cabal, faction, junto, camarilla(noun)

    a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue

  2. conspiracy, cabal(verb)

    a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)

  3. conspire, cabal, complot, conjure, machinate(verb)

    engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together

    "They conspired to overthrow the government"


  1. cabal(Noun)

    A usually secret exclusive organization of individuals gathered for a political purpose.

    The cabal is plotting to take over the world.

  2. cabal(Noun)

    A secret plot.

    The cabal to destroy the building was foiled by federal agents.

  3. cabal(Noun)

    An identifiable group within the tradition of Discordianism.

  4. cabal(Verb)

    To engage in the activities of a cabal

  5. Origin: From cabale, from cabala, which in turn is derived from the Hebrew Kabbalah, קבלה "something received" (i.e., from tradition, from antiquity). It is likely that the mystical often secretive nature of Kabbalah led to formation of the word cabal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cabal(noun)

    tradition; occult doctrine. See Cabala

  2. Cabal(noun)

    a secret

  3. Cabal(noun)

    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

  4. Cabal(noun)

    the secret artifices or machinations of a few persons united in a close design; intrigue

  5. Cabal(verb)

    to unite in a small party to promote private views and interests by intrigue; to intrigue; to plot

  6. Origin: [Cf. F. cabaler.]


  1. Cabal

    A cabal is a group of people united in some close design together, usually to promote their private views or interests in a church, state, or other community, often by intrigue. Cabals are sometimes secret societies composed of a few designing persons, and at other times are manifestations of emergent behavior in society or governance on the part of a community of persons who have well established public affiliation or kinship. The term can also be used to refer to the designs of such persons or to the practical consequences of their emergent behavior, and also holds a general meaning of intrigue and conspiracy. The use of this term usually carries strong connotations of shadowy corners, back rooms and insidious influence. The term is frequently used in conspiracy theories; some Masonic conspiracy theories describe Freemasonry as an internationalist secret cabal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cabal

    ka-bal′, n. a small party united for some secret design: the plot itself: a name in English history esp. given to five unpopular ministers of Charles II. (1672), whose initials happened to make up the word.—v.i. to form a party for a secret purpose: to plot:—pr.p. cabal′ling.—n. Cabal′ler, a plotter or intriguer. [Fr. cabale; from Cabala.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cabal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cabal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Edgar Mitchell:

    It's not just military. It's a cabal of organizations primarily for a profit motive.

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