camarilla

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n camarilla a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Camarilla A company of secret and irresponsible advisers, as of a king; a cabal or clique.
    • Camarilla The private audience chamber of a king.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n camarilla A company of secret counselors or advisers; a cabal; a clique. From meaning the private chamber of the king, the word came to signify a body of courtiers, sycophants, priests, etc., acting as unaccredited and secret counselors, as distinguished from a legitimate ministry or council.
    • n camarilla Synonyms Faction, Junto, etc. See cabal.
    • n camarilla A small chamber or cell, as in the brain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Camarilla kam-ar-il′a a body of secret intriguers, esp. of a court party against a king's legitimate ministers: a small room.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp., a small room
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. dim. of camara, a chamber.

Usage

In literature:

He would have made an excellent member of the Apostolic Camarilla.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
In either case the sovereignty of Ireland relapses into the hands of the permanent officials, that camarilla of Olympians.
"The Open Secret of Ireland" by T. M. Kettle
Six hours later the Prime Minister breathed his last, a victim of the Empress and her Potsdam camarilla, while Vera Baltz fled to Switzerland.
"The Minister of Evil" by William Le Queux
The danger, in short, was visible to every body but King Otho, his German camarilla, and his renegade Greek ministers.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various
Their creatures have worked their way even into the cabinet and the camarilla.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
His military camarilla had determined upon war.
"The Evidence in the Case" by James M. Beck
But how can we shake off this Camarilla that shelters itself behind a forest of bayonets?
"Anarchism" by E. V. Zenker
Their creatures have worked their way into the cabinet and the camarilla.
"Tales from Blackwood" by Various
I have an idea I'll come back with a pretty good line on the Cross and Sword camarilla.
"The Five Arrows" by Allan Chase
The camarilla surrounding the old man saw to that.
"The Iron Ration" by George Abel Schreiner
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