From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cabala \Cab"a*la\ (k[a^]b"[.a]*l[.a]), n. [LL. See Cabal, n.]
   1. A kind of occult theosophy or traditional interpretation
      of the Scriptures among Jewish rabbis and certain
      medi[ae]val Christians, which treats of the nature of god
      and the mystery of human existence. It assumes that every
      letter, word, number, and accent of Scripture contains a
      hidden sense; and it teaches the methods of interpretation
      for ascertaining these occult meanings. The cabalists
      pretend even to foretell events by this means.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. Secret science in general; mystic art; mystery.
      [1913 Webster]
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