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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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 on the Web More than 1,300 Suffolk County residents have applied for the county’s grant program to replace old cesspools and septic tanks with nitrogen-reducing systems that help protect local water supplies and wetlands. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "IRS Says Long Island Residents Must Pay for Septic-System Grants," 11 Feb. 2020 Smith should serve his time, like the other 21,000, plus-or-minus, Alabamians serving theirs — in our prison cesspool. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "Johnson: Our prisons are too dangerous for everyone, not just former cop convicted of manslaughter," 13 Feb. 2020 Those included Kurt Robert Smith’s case; Delmar Partin, who was convicted of beheading an ex-lover and stuffing her body in a barrel; and Kathy Harless, who was sentenced to life in prison for throwing her newborn baby in a cesspool. Washington Post, "Convicted killer pardoned by Bevin declares innocence," 17 Dec. 2019 The internet can truly be a dark cesspool of the worst that humanity has to offer. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kris Jenner's Doppelganger Interviews a Young Beyoncé in This Vintage Clip from 1992," 14 Dec. 2019 Best of all, the documentary celebrates the culture of fandom—specifically the positive, uplifting aspects, rather than the toxic cesspool of entitlement that online fandom can sometimes be today. Ars Technica, "Never Surrender is a heartfelt tribute to sci-fi action comedy Galaxy Quest," 30 Nov. 2019 In contrast to the cesspool of anonymous accounts sharing fake news, political advertisements are an oasis of transparency. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Why Twitter’s New Restrictions on Political Advertising Make No Sense," 7 Nov. 2019 The same arguments played out on the radio and TV, in the newspapers and in the cesspool of cynicism known as social media, where, in the spirit of outrage that dominates that medium, the team sport devolved into insult competitions. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The Chicago teachers strike is over and, fingers crossed, Chicago is better for it," 1 Nov. 2019 There are few things that unite the chaotic cesspool that is Twitter more than roasting Kylie Jenner. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Serenaded Stormi Webster, and Now Twitter Can't Stop Laughing," 17 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of cesspool was in 1782

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21 Mar 2020

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“Cesspool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cesspool. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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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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