cabal

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kəˈbɑːl/, /kəˈbæl/
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Noun[edit]

cabal (plural cabals)

  1. (derogatory) A putative, secret organization of individuals gathered for a political purpose.
    Synonym: camarilla
    The cabal is plotting to ruin the world.
  2. A secret plot.
    Synonym: conspiracy
    The cabal to destroy the building was foiled by federal agents.
  3. An identifiable group within the tradition of Discordianism.

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Verb[edit]

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: [] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “cabal”, in Online Etymology Dictionary

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin capālis, from Latin capitālis. Equivalent to cap +‎ -al.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

cabal (masculine and feminine plural cabals)

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

Noun[edit]

cabal m (plural cabals)

  1. goods, possessions
  2. (of a fluid) flow, discharge
  3. (telecommunications) throughput

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin capalis or from cabo +‎ -al.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

cabal m or f (plural cabais)

  1. whole, complete
    • 1823, Pedro Boado Sánchez, Diálogo entre dos Labradores gallegos afligidos:
      E may-lo Alcalde habíase d’alegrar, qu’el tamen está picado, qu’ainda n-hay ano é medio cabal que lle morreo á muller, é tamen pagou á farda como cada fillo de veciño.
      And the mayor would also be glad, because he's also piqued, because there's not a whole year and a half that his wife died and he also paid the burden as every mother's son
    Synonym: completo
  2. exact
    Synonym: exacto

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References[edit]

  • cabal” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • cabal” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.

Portuguese[edit]

Adjective[edit]

cabal m or f (plural cabais, comparable)

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

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

cabo +‎ -al

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

cabal (plural cabales)

  1. upright, honest
  2. exact
  3. complete, entire, full

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