cesspool

noun cess·pool \ -ˌpül \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of cesspool

1 : an underground reservoir for liquid waste (such as household sewage)
2 : a filthy, evil, or corrupt place or state
  • a cesspool of corruption

Examples of cesspool in a Sentence

  1. The region had become a cesspool of pollution.

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

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Origin and Etymology 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

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CESSPOOL Defined for English Language Learners

cesspool

noun

Definition of cesspool for English Language Learners

  • : 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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