cabalist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Cabalist a student of the Jewish Kabbalah
    • n cabalist an expert who is highly skilled in obscure or difficult or esoteric matters
    • n cabalist a member of a cabal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cabalist One versed in the cabala, or the mysteries of Jewish traditions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cabalist One versed in or engaged in the study of the cabala or mystic philosophy of the Jews. The cardinal doctrines of the cabalists embrace the nature of the Supreme Being, the Divine emanations or Sephiroth, the cosmogony, the creation of man, psychology, the destiny of man and the universe, and the import of the revealed law. The cabalists seem to have endeavored to identify all such sciences as demonology, astrology, chiromancy, sympathetic medicine, etc. with their theosophic mysticism, weaving the whole into a secret universal wisdom or esoteric philosophy of the universe. They sympathized with many points of Christianity, so that in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the cabala was by many thought highly important as a proof of Christianity and as a means of converting the Jews.
    • n cabalist In general, an occultist; a mystic.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. cabaliste,

Usage

In literature:

He circulated among them a document written in blood, with cabalistic figures, and pictures of the sun and a crucifix.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
But the orthodox regarded the Cabalists as magicians and their spirits as foul incubi.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
Several came close up to me, and peered over the cabalistic signs on my paper with a sort of gloomy inquisitiveness.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
The mysterious visitor uttered some cabalistic words, and lo!
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Several flat stones, marked with cabalistic letters, have been discovered, but no gold.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
Beyond this, your readers and myself may be equally indifferent to such cabalistical quaintness.
"Notes and Queries, Number 77, April 19, 1851" by Various
Before the kneeling men, the cabalistic diagrams took shape, and lo, a spring of water flowed from dry and barren stone.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
They stood again by the cabalistic diagram on the floor of the kitchen.
"Whittier-land" by Samuel T. Pickard
But the more poetic Cabalists understood.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
She treads upon cabalistic books, and has a key suspended to her waist.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
This often happens in the cabalistical circle of what is called law.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
This often happens in the cabalistical circle of what is called law.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III. 1791-1804" by Thomas Paine
Instead of showing you the ghosts, she gives you cabalistic words and powerful potions to bring them back in your dreams.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
The cabalistic calculations of seasoned old players were shivered to atoms against the Baron's play.
"Weird Tales, Vol. II." by E. T. A. Hoffmann
This conspicuous article, though mysterious and unaccountable, was not cabalistic, and savored not of witchcraft.
"The Witches of New York" by Q. K. Philander Doesticks
Here was a giant turntable, rack on rack of shellacked alloy discs, mysterious-appearing charts and cabalistic signs.
"The Giants From Outer Space" by Geoff St. Reynard
I always thought there must be something cabalistic about the number 26.
"John Bull, Junior" by Max O'Rell
Certain cabalistic words made the matter plain.
"The Raid of The Guerilla and Other Stories" by Charles Egbert Craddock
Every old soldier will know the meaning of those cabalistic letters.
"The Boy Spy" by Joseph Kerby
The swastika, the leading cabalistic symbol, eh, what?
"The Secret of Sarek" by Maurice Leblanc
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In poetry:

The meaning of these worlds, not understood,
Becomes a dark and cabalistic book;
He not perceives that He who made, is good,
And that, His love was writ in every nook.
"An Hymn" by James Avis Bartley
Not in a cavern where the winds
Trample with battle-call,
But in these woods where branch and branch
From tree and tree let fall
Not moss, but grey and cobweb beards,
Kings' cabalistic beards!
"In The Carolina Woods" by Padraic Colum

In news:

Aleksander Wat (1900-1967), the nom de plume of Aleksander Chwat, was born in Warsaw, the descendant of an old and distinguished Jewish family which counted among its members the great sixteenth-century cabalist Isaac Luria.
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