• WordNet 3.6
    • n Cabala an esoteric theosophy of rabbinical origin based on the Hebrew scriptures and developed between the 7th and 18th centuries
    • n cabala an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cabala A kind of occult theosophy or traditional interpretation of the Scriptures among Jewish rabbis and certain mediæval Christians, which treats of the nature of god and the mystery of human existence. It assumes that every letter, word, number, and accent of Scripture contains a hidden sense; and it teaches the methods of interpretation for ascertaining these occult meanings. The cabalists pretend even to foretell events by this means.
    • Cabala Secret science in general; mystic art; mystery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cabala The theosophy or mystic philosophy of the Hebrew religion, which grew up mainly after the beginning of the tenth century, and flourished for many generations. The cabala employed itself first in a mystic explanation of Deity and cosmogony, and in the creation of hidden meanings for the sacred Hebrew writings, thus drawing into its province all the Hebrew law and philosophy. Later cabalists pretended to find wonderful meanings even in the letters and forms of the sacred texts, and made for themselves elaborate rules of interpretation.
    • n cabala Any secret science; esoteric as distinguished from exoteric doctrine; occultism; mysticism.
    • n cabala Also spelled cabbala, kabbala.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cabala a secret science of the Jewish rabbis for the interpretation of the hidden sense of Scripture, claimed to be handed down by oral tradition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. See Cabal (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Heb. qabbālāh, tradition, qibbēl, to receive.


In literature:

The cabala of this erotic philosophy seemed to consist of the subtlest meanings expressed in misleading ways.
"Far from the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy
I don't think thou hast the smallest recollection of the elixir or the Cabala.
"Zanoni" by Edward Bulwer Lytton
I know no more of finance than of the Cabala.
"The Whirlpool" by George Gissing
Casanova was piqued that she should speak of the Cabala with such unconcealed contempt.
"Casanova's Homecoming" by Arthur Schnitzler
One who understands and teaches the doctrines of the Cabala, or the Jewish philosophy.
"The Symbolism of Freemasonry" by Albert G. Mackey
The Cabala, as we have seen, was made up of these heterogeneous elements.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
Cabali, Cabala, Cabalia, Cabalion, Cabalissa, &c. which are mentioned by Pliny, Strabo, Antoninus, and others.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
O Bagdad, Bagdad, within thy glittering halls, there is a charm worth all his Cabala!
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
Carmody gold is the cabala of Carmody suzerainty.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
After them were seen Astrology, Cabala, Theosophy, and Mysticism.
"Faustus his Life, Death, and Doom" by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
My good genius then inspired me with the idea of trying divination by the cabala.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. III (of VI), "The Eternal Quest" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Besides, for the honour of the cabala, the oracle must have nothing to do with mere empiric remedies.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. V (of VI), "In London and Moscow" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Prophecy, the Cabala, and the Gospel belong to the sons of Shem, the Jews.
"The Magic of the Middle Ages" by Viktor Rydberg

In news:

His black-mirror narrative of miracles and cabala, of a hamlet in seventeenth-century Poland and a false Messiah, is in the tradition of such classics as "The Dybbuk" and "The Golem".