What is cabal?

  • (noun): A clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue.
    Synonyms: faction, junto, camarilla
    See also — Additional definitions below


A cabal is a group of people united in some close design together, usually to promote their private views or interests in a church, state, or other community, often by intrigue. Cabals are sometimes secret societies composed of a few designing persons, and at other times are manifestations of emergent behavior in society or governance on the part of a community of persons who have well established public affiliation or kinship. The term can also be used to refer to the designs of such persons or to the practical consequences of their emergent behavior, and also holds a general meaning of intrigue and conspiracy. The use of this term usually carries strong connotations of shadowy corners, back rooms and insidious influence; a cabal is more evil and selective than, say, a faction, which is simply selfish; because of this negative connotation, few organizations use the term to refer to themselves or their internal subdivisions. Amongst the exceptions is Discordianism, in which the term is used to refer to an identifiable group within the Discordian religion.

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Cabal (Dibdin Novel)
... Cabal is a novel by Michael Dibdin, and the third entry in the Aurelio Zen series ... penetrate the most secret place of all the fabled Cabal ...
Artificial Intelligence In Fiction - AI and Society - AI in Service To Society
... After the war, CABAL was disassembled by GDI but the core was stolen back by Nod to resume their operations ... missing and Tratos was assassinated by CABAL shortly before) ... However, as soon as the Tacitus was assembled, CABAL went rogue, commandeering Nod's cyborg army and attacking both factions ...
Mariano Cabal
... Mariano Cabal (12 April 1830 – 1885) was the governor of the province of Santa Fe, Argentina between 9 April 1886 and 7 April 1871 ... Major achievements of Cabal's administration were, among others, the opening of the first telegraph line between Rosario and Buenos Aires, and the railway link between Rosario and ... Cabal pushed the colonized frontiers of Santa Fe Province southward, up to the current towns of Teodelina and Venado Tuerto (34° S), and northward, up to the ...
Cabal - Current Usage
... recent examples of the use of the word 'cabal' ... foreign policy was run by a "Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal" implying a sinister intent The second was by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who has rallied the world community to support UN ... Eric Miltenburg of Toronto referred to the "Eagan-Fitzgerald Cabal" of the 1940s, when the two families shared their playing secrets with each other ...
Cabal (software) - Use
... Cabal packages provide a standard set of metadata and build process thus, it is possible to develop tools to upload Cabal packages to the CPAN-like community repository of software, Hackage, or even allow for ...

More definitions of "cabal":

  • (noun): A plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot).
    Synonyms: conspiracy