From French cabale, from Medieval Latin cabbala , which in turn is derived from Hebrew קַבָּלָה (kabalá, “Jewish mysticism”, literally “reception, something received”) (such as knowledge). Doublet of Kabballah.
- IPA(key): /kəˈbɑːl/, /kəˈbæl/
- Rhymes: -ɑːl, -æl
cabal (plural cabals)
- A secret political clique or faction.
- 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XII, in Francesca Carrara. […], volume III, London: Richard Bentley, […], (successor to Henry Colburn), →OCLC, page 91:
- With his active and intriguing temper, Francis would doubtless have taken an eager part in the court cabals and conspiracies which make the history of Charles the Second;...
- (derogatory) A putative, secret organization of individuals gathered for a political purpose.
- Synonym: camarilla
- The cabal is plotting to ruin the world.
- A secret plot.
- Synonym: conspiracy
- The cabal to destroy the building was foiled by federal agents.
- An identifiable group within the tradition of Discordianism.
- (intransitive) 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, 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.
- 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair […], London: Bradbury and Evans […], published 1848, →OCLC:
- But the Subalterns' and Captains' ladies (the Major is unmarried) cabal against her a good deal. They say that Glorvina gives herself airs and that Peggy herself is intolerably domineering.
cabal m or f (masculine and feminine plural cabals)
cabal m (plural cabals)
cabal m or f (plural cabais)
- whole, complete
- Synonym: completo
- 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: exacto
- “cabal” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006–2013.
- “cabal” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
cabal m or f (plural cabais)
cabal m or f (masculine and feminine plural cabales)