"cabals" in the noun sense
1. cabal, faction, junto, camarilla
a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
2. conspiracy, cabal
a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)
"cabals" in the verb sense
1. conspire, cabal, complot, conjure, machinate
engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together
"They conspired to overthrow the government"
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