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cesspool

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noun cess·pool \-ˌpül\

Simple Definition of cesspool

  • : an underground hole or container for holding liquid waste (such as sewage) from a building

  • : a place or situation that is very dirty, evil, or corrupt

Full Definition of cesspool

  1. 1 :  an underground reservoir for liquid waste (as household sewage)

  2. 2 :  a filthy, evil, or corrupt place or state <a cesspool of corruption>

Examples of cesspool

  1. The region had become a cesspool of pollution.

  2. <over the decades the once-respectable neighborhood had become an urban cesspool>



Origin of cesspool

perhaps by folk etymology from Middle English suspiral vent, tap on a main pipe, settling pool, from Anglo-French suspirale vent, from suspirer to sigh, exhale, from Latin suspirare, literally, to draw a long breath — more at suspire


First Known Use: 1782

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