cabal

n.

  1. Tradition; occult doctrine. See Cabala
  2. A secret.
  3. A number of persons united in some close design, usually to promote their private views and interests in church or state by intrigue; a secret association composed of a few designing persons; a junto.
  4. The secret artifices or machinations of a few persons united in a close design; intrigue.

v. i.

  1. To unite in a small party to promote private views and interests by intrigue; to intrigue; to plot.