Meaning: A collection of people who come together to work against something or someone. A secret political clique or faction.
Synonyms: Clique, Faction, Coterie, Cell, Sect, Junta, Camarilla.
Use: Hundreds of workers formed a cabal to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the firm’s healthcare plan.
A number of board members were part of the cabal that sought to remove the company founder from his position as chairman.