An example of a cabal is a group of students planning to pull a senior prank.
- a small group of persons joined in a secret, often political, intrigue; junta
- the intrigues of such a group; plot
Origin of cabalFr, intrigue, society (popularized in England from the initials of the ministers of Charles II) from Medieval Latin cabbala, cabala
intransitive verb-·balled′, -·bal′ling
- A conspiratorial group of plotters or intriguers: “Espionage is quite precisely it—a cabal of powerful men, working secretly” ( Frank Conroy )
- A secret scheme or plot.
intransitive verbca·balled, ca·bal·ling, ca·bals
Origin of cabalFrench cabale from Medieval Latin cabala ; see kabbalah .
(third-person singular simple present cabals, present participle caballing, simple past and past participle caballed)
- To engage in the activities of a cabal