Definition of cesspool
- a cesspool of corruption
The region had become a cesspool of pollution.
over the decades the once-respectable neighborhood had become an urban cesspool
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First Known Use: 1782See Words from the same year
: 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
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