Cabal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kəˈbæl|  American pronunciation of the word cabal
Brit.  |kəˈbal|  British pronunciation of the word cabal


- a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue (syn: camarilla, faction, junto)
- a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot) (syn: conspiracy)


- engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together (syn: complot, conjure, conspire, machinate)


a cabal plotting to overthrow the government

...a conspiracy theory about the existence of an international cabal devoted to world domination...

There were cabals breaking out in the presidential company.

a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist

Word forms

singular: cabal
plural: cabals
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