cabal
[ kuh-bal ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
late 16th century (denoting the Kabbalah); From French cabale, from medieval Latin cabala, from Rabbinical Hebrew qabbālāh "tradition," from qibbēl "receive, accept." Usage to denote a shadowy organization may have antisemitic roots.
Synonyms
    1.
  • conspiracy
  • intrigue
  • scheme
    2.
  • unavailable
Antonyms
    1.
  • unavailable
    2.
  • unavailable
Definition
1. a small group of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority
2. a clique, as in artistic, literary, or theatrical circles
Examples
1. A) As agreed upon in the secret messages, the cabal met at midnight atop the tower. B) Believing a shadowy cabal runs everything is a really unhealthy mindset and a logical fallacy.
2. A) I'm not trying to impress him and his cabal of yes-men and hipsters. B) A cabal of critics from another school tried to tear her work apart, but couldn't stop the positive word of mouth.
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