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English definition of “cabal”

cabal

noun [C]     /kəˈbæl/ /-ˈbɑːl/ disapproving
a small group of people who plan secretly to take action, especially political action: He was assassinated by a cabal of aides within his own regime.Groups of peoplePolitical movements and groups
(Definition of cabal noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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