Definition of cabal :
1. 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.
2. A secret.
3. The secret artifices or machinations of a few persons united in a close design; intrigue.
4. To unite in a small party to promote private views and interests by intrigue; to intrigue; to plot.
5. Tradition; occult doctrine. See Cabala
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conspiracy (part of speech: noun)
crew (part of speech: noun)
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- Accordingly, upon the first appearance of it in Print, five several Pens of their Cabal were set to work; and the product of each having been examin'd, a certain person of Quality appears to have carried the majority of Votes, and to be chosen like a new Matthias, to succeed in the place of their deceas'd Judas. - "His Majesties Declaration Defended", John Dryden.
- They are astonished at the sudden disappearance of the considerate and gentle guard, Byers, and anxiously hope for his return, not knowing that the officer who discouraged the underhand methods of the trusties fell a victim to their cabal. - "Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist", Alexander Berkman.
- Thus watched, debased and controlled, he became the unconscious tool of the designs of others, and was led to alarm the public mind by forming a disgraceful cabal, by which to concert measures for making himself independent of parliament. - "Monks, Popes, and their Political Intrigues", John Alberger.