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Cabalistic \Cab`a*lis"tic\ (k[a^]b`[.a]*l[i^]s"t[i^]k), Cabalistical \Cab`a*lis"tic*al\ (-t[i^]*kal)a. Of or pertaining to the cabala; containing or conveying an occult meaning; mystic.

The Heptarchus is a cabalistic exposition of the first chapter of Genesis.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1670s; see cabal + -istic.


a. 1 Of or relating to a cabal; secretive and cliquish. 2 Of or relating to Kabballah.


adj : having a secret or hidden meaning; "cabalistic symbols engraved in stone"; "cryptic writings"; "thoroughly sibylline in most of his pronouncements"- John Gunther [syn: kabbalistic, qabalistic, cryptic, cryptical, sibylline]


Cabalistic may refer to:

  • Cabal, a group of people united in some close design together, usually to promote their private views or interests in a church, state, or other community, often by intrigue.
  • Kabbalah, an esoteric method, discipline and school of thought; its definition varying according to the tradition and aims of those following it, from its religious origin as an integral part of Judaism, to its later Christian, New Age, or Occultist syncretic adaptions

Usage examples of "cabalistic".

They never would have entertained such a strange idea if they had been acquainted with cabalistic science.

After they had assured themselves of the reality of my cabalistic science by questions respecting the past, they decided to turn it to some use by consulting it upon the present and upon the future.

They felt grieved because the oracle had forbidden them, through my cabalistic lips, ever to mention my science in the presence of Tartufe.

I encouraged her fears, and succeeded in making her obtain from a cabalistic pyramid the statement that the reason the princess had not conceived was that she had been defiled by an evil genius--an enemy of the Fraternity of the Rosy Cross.

Polignac, which took place five or six years later, was the result of our cabalistic calculations.

Bragadin said that he was not astonished, that it was according to cabalistic science, and that he knew it.

They longed for the time when he would discover himself, for they imagined he was at the very least a Rosicrucian, or perhaps the hermit of Courpegna, who had taught me the cabalistic science and made me a present of the immortal Paralis.

I would give anything in the world to be thoroughly acquainted with that sublime cabalistic science.

When we were out, he told me that the cabalistic answer concerning the pomatum was truly wonderful.

She wished me to teach her the cabalistic science, but she never pressed her wish upon me.

My first point was how to make capital of my grand discovery in the interests of my cabalistic science.

I had to threaten her with the stoppage of the famous cabalistic oracle.

Esther, who was as keen as a razor, took care to say that the same oath that I had taken had been imposed on her by the oracle, and that she could not communicate the cabalistic secret to anyone without the permission of her genius, under pain of losing it herself.

I was teaching her to double, to triple, and to quadruple the cabalistic combinations.

I begged her to receive her from my hands, at a country house which belonged to her, where we should be occupied for some days in cabalistic ceremonies.