[ noun ] a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue

Used in print

(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)

Lacking the respected and effective institutions that consensus helps provide , minority parties , such_as the P.D.I. in 1957 and the progressive Istiqlal faction in 1958 , clamor for elections when out of power , but are not at_all certain they wish_to be controlled by popular choice when in power .

(Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land....)

The glorious news had been held_up pending Heavenly confirmation of the elevation of a new Supreme_Bishop , Huey_Short - a candidate accepted by the Boone faction after lots had been cast repeatedly .

Related terms

clique cabalist

[ noun ] a dissenting clique