Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) an esoteric theosophy of rabbinical origin based on the Hebrew scriptures and developed between the 7th and 18th centuries
  2. (noun, communication) an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret

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Alternate forms of Cabbala

Hypernyms: arcanum, secret, theosophy

Origin of the word Cabbala

  1. 1520s, from M.L. cabbala, from Mishnaic Heb. qabbalah "reception, received lore, tradition," especially "tradition of mystical interpretation of the Old Testament," from qibbel "to receive, admit, accept." Cf. Arabic qabala "he received, accepted." more

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