Definition of cesspool
1 : an underground reservoir for liquid waste (as household sewage)
2 : a filthy, evil, or corrupt place or state <a cesspool of corruption>
Examples of cesspool in a sentence
The region had become a cesspool of pollution.
<over the decades the once-respectable neighborhood had become an urban cesspool>
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
First Known Use: 1782
CESSPOOL Defined for English Language Learners
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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