Sally M (sallymn) wrote in 1word1day,
Sally M

Sunday Word: Cabalistic

cabalistic[kab-uh-lis-tik], also cabbalistic, kabbalistic

1 belonging, according, or relating to the Jewish cabala
2 having an occult, mystical, or esoteric meaning; magic, mysterious


Noting that "people who are not criminals or terrorists are more exigent in their recreational reading matter", he made a series of suggestions: "People who want to keep up with Third World problems might consider the delightful Kitab al-s ada wa’l is’ad, by Abdul’l Al’Amiri, of which a critical edition of 1957 is available in Teheran. Or, the Zefir Yezirah; the Zohar naturally, for some good reading on the Cabalistic tradition." (Gaither Stewart, The Man Who Loved Books: Interview With Umberto Eco, CounterPunch, February 2020)

Both Chalotra and Allan sat down with Metro to discuss their character’s journeys, the pressure they felt taking on such iconic roles and overall why the women of The Witcher have brought a new life to this cabalistic series. (Pat Stacey, The women of ‘The Witcher’ talk bringing a new life to the wildly popular series, metro, December 2019)

Then during the first day spent in inaction and solitude (he tried several times to fix his attention on the Masonic manuscripts, but was unable to do so) the idea that had previously occurred to him of the cabalistic significance of his name in connection with Bonaparte's more than once vaguely presented itself. (Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace)

This door was a mockery to the concierge, from whose vigilance and jurisdiction it was free, and, like that famous portal in the 'Arabian Nights', opening at the 'Sesame' of Ali Baba, it was wont to swing backward at a cabalistic word or a concerted tap from without from the sweetest voices or whitest fingers in the world. (Alexandre Dumas, Mem>The Count of Monte Cristo </em>)


Early 17th century variant of Kabbalistic (Oxford English Dictionary)

Of or pertaining to cabbalists or the cabbala, 1620s, from cabbala + -istic. Cabbalistical is from 1590s. (Online Etymology Dictionary)

Cabalistic is a way of saying “secretive or mysterious." A book of ancient, mystical texts would be considered cabalistic. Any society or practice that’s secretive and somewhat spiritual or mystical could also get the cabalistic label. The root is ultimately from Hebrew qabbalah, something handed down. (

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