Spanish Word of the Day
Friday, March 07, 2014
cabal adjective: upright, fine
  • Cabal is a slightly formal word you may come across in newspapers or books. It has two rather different meanings. Applied to people, it means fine and upright:
    Era hombre cabal y trabajador como ninguno. He was a fine man and a hard worker.
    persona cabal y buen político a fine person and a good politician
  • When referring to an idea or a picture of something, it means full or clear:
    Era hombre cabal y trabajador como ninguno. He was a fine man and a hard worker.
    persona cabal y buen político a fine person and a good politician
    No resulta fácil hacerse una idea cabal de cuál es la verdadera situación. It isn’t easy to get a clear idea of what the real situation is.
  • If you want to stress how honest somebody is, you use the next phrase:
    Era hombre cabal y trabajador como ninguno. He was a fine man and a hard worker.
    persona cabal y buen político a fine person and a good politician
    No resulta fácil hacerse una idea cabal de cuál es la verdadera situación. It isn’t easy to get a clear idea of what the real situation is.
    Es honrado a carta cabal. He’s completely and utterly honest.
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