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She thinks a greedy banking cabal is plotting to introduce legislation that will enrich them.
  a small group of people who plot in secret and exercise power — especially political power

or (more rarely):  a plot by such a group
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cabal cabals
This word was popularized in 17th-century when a group of ministers of King Charles II of England formed a secret treaty with France in a planned war against the Netherlands. The initials of the last names of the five people who signed the treaty happened to spell CABAL.
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  • She thinks a greedy banking cabal is plotting to introduce legislation that will enrich them.
  • insidious cabal within the department
  • Does my lord seriously wish me to name any one who was mixed up in the cabals of that day?
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Twenty Years After
  • I don’t even know how ugly and pretty get decided—maybe there’s like a secret cabal of boys who meet in the locker room and decide who’s ugly and who’s hot, because as far as I can remember, there was no such thing as a hot fourth-grader."
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines

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  • I couldn’t stop imagining being strapped to a table while a cabal of evil doctors removed my soul.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Now, it never occurred to me to wish for a nearer inspection of these large insects, with their long black claws, for I always feared to find under their stone wings some little human genius fagged to death with cabals, factions, and government intrigues.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • What! have you no monks who teach, who dispute, who govern, who cabal, and who burn people that are not of their opinion?
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • But he was at last in pain at my long absence; and after consulting with the treasurer and the rest of that cabal, a person of quality was dispatched with the copy of the articles against me.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • (By that time it was a cabal, and we were all Miss Emily’s allies to help circumvent the cousins.) Sure enough, after another week they departed.
    William Faulkner  --  A Rose for Emily
  • But the Subalterns’ and Captains’ ladies (the Major is unmarried) cabal against her a good deal.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair

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  • —Basil, a Tragedy No spider ever took more pains to repair the shattered meshes of his web, than did Waldemar Fitzurse to reunite and combine the scattered members of Prince John’s cabal.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Simon is alerted: he is familiar with such ruses, he knows the cabals of mothers.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Langdon was not sure how powerful the Masons really were anymore, and he was not going to go down that road; perceptions of the modern Masons ranged from their being a group of harmless old men who liked to play dress-up …. all the way to an underground cabal of power brokers who ran the world.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The truth is that, if there was a cabal, it was led by Carlotta herself against poor Christine, who had no suspicion of it.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • The general secretary squinted at Padorin from the other end of the table as he decided what to say, what would please the members of this cabal, these ten old, passionless men.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • They would turn their backs on her, her mother, the policemen, her brother, and go off with Robbie Turner to indulge some adult cabal.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • You’re saying it’s a regular cabal in there.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The leader of a cabal in Beijing would know.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • If the people made the appointments, they could not be coerced by cabals and intrigue.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • So from day cabal started we kept touch with Mike and each other through his widespread nervous system.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Some kind of cabal?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • A cabal, perhaps.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • With the passage of the assumption bill at the end of the month came cries of "intrigues, cabals, and combinations."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In the former case the feeble resources of an individual are in action; in the latter, the State itself, with all its immense influence, is busied in the work of corruption and cabal.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The influence which the bigotry of one female,6 the petulance of another,7 and the cabals of a third,8 had in the contemporary policy, ferments, and pacifications, of a considerable part of Europe, are topics that have been too often descanted upon not to be generally known.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But when the cardinal added that not only Mme. de Chevreuse had been in Paris, but still further, that the queen had renewed with her one of those mysterious correspondences which at that time was named a CABAL; when he affirmed that he, the cardinal, was about to unravel the most closely twisted thread of this intrigue; that at the moment of arresting in the very act, with all the proofs about her, the queen’s emissary to the exiled duchess, a Musketeer had dared to interrupt the…
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Secret Cabals If the Soveraign Power be in a great Assembly, and a number of men, part of the Assembly, without authority, consult a part, to contrive the guidance of the rest; This is a Faction, or Conspiracy unlawfull, as being a fraudulent seducing of the Assembly for their particular interest.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • …Mississippi, near Oxford, Mississippi: and one day Henry showed it to him and there was no gentle spreading glow but a flash, a glare (who not only had no visible father but had found himself to be, even in infancy, enclosed by an unsleeping cabal bent apparently on teaching him that he had never had, that his mother had emerged from a sojourn in limbo, from that state of blessed amnesia in which the weak senses can take refuge from the godless dark forces and powers which weak human…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • She pretended that a wicked plot was being hatched against her, a cabal which would come to a head one of those days; but she added that she was not the woman to be intimidated.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • The managers left the box during the entr’acte to find out more about the cabal of which the stage-manager had spoken; but they soon returned to their seats, shrugging their shoulders and treating the whole affair as silly.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Began to wonder if might be another revolutionary cabal?
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • This lord Munodi was a person of the first rank, and had been some years governor of Lagado; but, by a cabal of ministers, was discharged for insufficiency.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • An artful cabal in the council could distract and weaken the whole system of administration.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • If no such cabal existed, the diversity of views and opinions, alone, would make the executive feeble and slow to act.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • An artful cabal in that council would be able to distract and to enervate the whole system of administration.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Animosity or cabal might cause them to do the latter rather than the former.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • 7 No matter how it is put together, every appointment council will support cabal and intrigue.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • And while an unbounded field for cabal and intrigue lies open, all idea of responsibility is lost.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Every mere council of appointment, however constituted, will be a conclave, in which cabal and intrigue will have their full scope.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • A cabal has been formed deep in Peking by a group of zealots led by a man so deeply entrenched in the hierarchy of his government, so revered as a philosopher-prince that he cannot be exposed.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • If no such cabal should exist, the mere diversity of views and opinions would alone be sufficient to tincture the exercise of the executive authority with a spirit of habitual feebleness and dilatoriness.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It is true that the Senate would, in that case, have the option of employing him in this capacity, but they would also have the option of letting it alone, and pique or cabal might induce the latter rather than the former.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • …of electors, *v who in their turn should elect the President; and as it had been observed that the assemblies to which the choice of a chief magistrate had been entrusted in elective countries inevitably became the centres of passion and of cabal; that they sometimes usurped an authority which did not belong to them; and that their proceedings, or the uncertainty which resulted from them, were sometimes prolonged so much as to endanger the welfare of the State, it was determined that…
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • …republics are more favorable to the election of proper guardians of the public weal; and it is clearly decided in favor of the latter by two obvious considerations: In the first place, it is to be remarked that, however small the republic may be, the representatives must be raised to a certain number, in order to guard against the cabals of a few; and that, however large it may be, they must be limited to a certain number, in order to guard against the confusion of a multitude.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The people collectively, from their number and from their dispersed situation, cannot be regulated in their movements by that systematic spirit of cabal and intrigue, which will be urged as the chief objections to reposing the power in question in a body of men.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • What? private secretary to a minister, plunged at once into European cabals and Parisian intrigues; having kings, and, better still, queens, to protect, parties to unite, elections to direct; making more use of your cabinet with your pen and your telegraph than Napoleon did of his battle-fields with his sword and his victories; possessing five and twenty thousand francs a year, besides your place; a horse, for which Chateau-Renaud offered you four hundred louis, and which you would not…
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • …it is not to be inferred from this principle, that the representatives of the people, whenever a momentary inclination happens to lay hold of a majority of their constituents, incompatible with the provisions in the existing Constitution, would, on that account, be justifiable in a violation of those provisions; or that the courts would be under a greater obligation to connive at infractions in this shape, than when they had proceeded wholly from the cabals of the representative body.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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