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
The region had become a cesspool of pollution.
over the decades the once-respectable neighborhood had become an urban cesspool
Recent Examples of cesspool from the Web
Only her new workplace is a cesspool of chauvinist behavior and his prestigious books don't sell, which could force him to switch to the lucrative young-adult book market.
Citizens were urged to eliminate the threat of infection by screening windows and cisterns, pouring a layer of oil on water in cesspools and cisterns to kill mosquitoes, and sleeping under mosquito nets.
And don’t blather to me about how the time members spend back in the district talking with real constituents is even more important than time spent in the Washington cesspool.
Now as then, proponents regard the Summer of Love as a profoundly important tipping point, while detractors dismiss it as a cesspool of drugs, hedonism and near-anarchy.
HUNTINGTON, New York -- Authorities recovered the body of a construction worker after he was buried alive when a cesspool collapsed in front of a home, reports say.
The president's detractors point to the cesspool of white supremacy, anti-Semitism, fake news, and Russian bots that Twitter has become, and argue Trump and his message flourished in that environment.
Finances in the office of the UC president could be better managed by golden retrievers, and the state tax board is a cesspool, to name just two embarrassments.
But many pre-teens, as well as their parents, have come to fear middle schools today, seeing them as a cesspool of bullying, raging hormones and disappointing academics.
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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
First Known Use: 1782See Words from the same year
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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