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Definition a small group of people who plot in secret and exercise power — especially political power

or (more rarely):  a plot by such a group
  • She thinks a greedy banking cabal is plotting to introduce legislation that will enrich them.
cabal = a small group of people who plot in secret and exercise power — especially political power
  • 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
  • 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
  • By that time it was a cabal, and we were all Miss Emily's allies to help circumvent the cousins.
    William Faulkner  --  A Rose for Emily
  • With the passage of the assumption bill at the end of the month came cries of "intrigues, cabals, and combinations."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But the Subalterns' and Captains' ladies (the Major is unmarried) cabal against her a good deal.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • 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
  • 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
  • I couldn't stop imagining being strapped to a table while a cabal of evil doctors removed my soul.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Simon is alerted: he is familiar with such ruses, he knows the cabals of mothers.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • You're saying it's a regular cabal in there.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • 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
  • 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
  • A cabal, perhaps.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Some kind of cabal?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • 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
  • 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
  • —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

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