cabala[kab′ə lə, kə bä′lə]
- a Jewish mystical movement based on a symbolic interpretation of the Scriptures: it flourished from the end of the 12th cent.
- any esoteric or secret doctrine; occultism
Origin: Midieval Latin cabbala ; from Classical Hebrew (language) kabala, received lore, tradition ; from qbl, to receive, take
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