Plotters. The word is really from Cabbala or Cabala, a secret science of the Jewish rabbis for interpreting the hidden sense of the Hebrew Scriptures. In English history the name Cabal is especially applied to five unpopular ministers of Charles II. (1672), whose initials happened to make up the word.

Note by A.J.Grieve (MA), from Price's Sermon in Part One of Reflections On The Revolution In France
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