cabal[kə bäl′, -bal′]
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 cabalFrench intrigue, society (popularized in England from the initials of the ministers of Charles II) ; from Medieval Latin cabbala, cabala
- 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