cess·​pool | \ ˈses-ˌpül How to pronounce cesspool (audio) \

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

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Synonyms for cesspool


Augean stable, Gomorrah, sink

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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

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After all, YouTube is home to both nursery rhymes and coming out videos, sports recaps, makeup tips, tech reviews, and what critics have said are a cesspool of conspiracy, hate speech and racist videos. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Why YouTube's kid issues are so serious," 22 June 2019 Once a cesspool of vice and prostitution, the neighborhood was reclaimed in the early 1900s by squatting artists. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "In Milan, a low-tech saunter through a mecca of high fashion," 18 June 2019 This idea that Twitter is really valuable, has a lot of news, but is also a cesspool and a home for Nazis and other malcontents, that seems like that’s a relatively recent sort of conventional wisdom about Twitter. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard explains why live venues are leaving money on the table," 11 Oct. 2018 For too long the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias. Fox News, "Haley on the New York Times, Kavanaugh and US foreign policy," 20 Sep. 2018 For three frenzied days and nights, some of the best improvisers known to mankind descend upon the city and turn it into a riotous cesspool of comedic talent. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "6 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 28 June 2018 In the mid-to-late 1970s, New York was a bit of a cesspool: Crime was out of control, repeated requests for federal aid were denied, and the city was on the edge of bankruptcy. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 And, yeah, the Earl Thomas situation still has the potential to erupt into a cesspool of recrimination despite the ceasefire of hostilities once the whistle blows. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "In win over Cowboys, Seahawks show they can thrive amid the Earl Thomas chaos," 24 Sep. 2018 What used to be a home for funny, irreverent comedy and harmless gags gradually transformed into an unaccountable cesspool of toxic actors and bad-faith harassers. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Sweden’s official Twitter account will no longer be run by random Swedes," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of cesspool

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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English Language Learners 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

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