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Daemon
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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cabal

(noun) A secret scheme or plot.

Synonyms: conspiracy

Usage: She pretended that a wicked plot was being hatched against her, a cabal which would come to a head in the coming days.
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 7:09:38 AM

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Is there a cabbalist cabal in Kabul?
rossalicia
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 7:38:19 AM

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I have seen such cabals in action for more than 30 years.


Milica Boghunovich
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:19:32 PM
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"Cabal" comes from the Jewish word "kabbalah" meaning secret practice, ritual, group, "inner wisdom" that cannot be publicized as religion. Today "kabbalah" relates to the Jewish Mysticim. It did not have a negative meaning which is ascribed to the adopted and altered version "cabal".
thar
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 4:46:49 PM

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It normally means the group of intriguers, not the plot itself. The tfd listing has the people as listing 1, and the plot as listing 2 - it is not a meaning I would associate with it. So why put that as the definition? Strange!Think
striker
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 4:58:54 PM
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cabal is a widely use word in media describing government mishaps
monamagda
Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:12:05 PM

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Association with Charles II

The term took on its present meaning from a group of ministers of King Charles II of England (Sir Thomas Clifford, Lord Arlington, the Duke of Buckingham, Lord Ashley, and Lord Lauderdale), whose initial letters coincidentally spelled CABAL, and who were the signatories of the Secret Treaty of Dover that allied England to France in a prospective war against the Netherlands.[1] However, the Cabal Ministry they formed can hardly be seen as such; the Scot Lauderdale was not much involved in English governance at all, while the Catholic ministers of the Cabal (Clifford and Arlington) were never much in sympathy with the Protestants (Buckingham and Ashley). Nor did Buckingham and Ashley get on very well with each other. Thus the "Cabal Ministry" never really unified in its members' aims and sympathies, and fell apart by 1672; Lord Ashley, who became Earl of Shaftesbury, later became one of Charles II's fiercest opponents. The theory that the word originated as an acronym from the names of the group of ministers is a folk etymology, although the coincidence was noted at the time and could possibly have popularized its use. The group, who came to prominence after the fall of Charles' first Chief Minister, Lord Clarendon, in 1667, was rather called the Cabal because of its secretiveness and lack of responsibility to the "Country party" then run out of power.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabal#Association_with_Charles_II
maroo
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Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera, Chapter 7
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Sunday, October 19, 2014 3:37:52 PM

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I do believe that there is a cabal of sorts being established by the excessively rich within American. By forcing excessive hardships upon the poor & middle class, this tactic will eventually force the working classes to rebel. Once the rebelling begins, the rich will thereby be able to force the establishment of marshal law and thereby insure their continued greed orientated success.
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