- a cistern, well, or pit for retaining the sediment of a drain or for receiving the sewage from a house.
- any filthy receptacle or place.
- any place of moral filth or immorality: a cesspool of iniquity.
Origin of cesspool
Examples from the Web for cesspool
On another, more macro level, did you find Europe to be such a cesspool of intrigue?How The Cold War Endgame Played Out In The Rubble Of The Berlin Wall
November 9, 2014
The vote on Sunday could take Ukraine toward a modern functioning democracy or plunge it back into a cesspool of corruption.Ukraine’s Wild and Wooly Elections
October 24, 2014
It allows me to stomach the pathetic shenanigans of the cesspool of Washington, D.C.Roland Martin: America, You Can’t Handle the Truth!
Roland S. Martin
January 19, 2014
In the cesspool of cynicism that is Indian politics, we thought his train ride struck a blow instead for a degree of idealism.How Rahul Gandhi Blew the Indian Rape Crisis
January 19, 2013
It's perpetuating a cesspool on Facebook for those who would perpetuate real world violence and rape.Should Facebook Ban Sexist Pages?
November 5, 2011
Scattering flowers upon a cesspool of iniquity will not purify it.Gipsy Life
I should be the first to be ready to clean out any cesspool you like.
The "cesspool question" had already been a subject of dispute between them.
When we pass a cesspool we close our noses and try not to breathe.A Family of Noblemen
All the vice and misery of the country got thrown into that cesspool.Ravenshoe
- Also called: sink, sump a covered cistern, etc, for collecting and storing sewage or waste water
- a filthy or corrupt placea cesspool of iniquity
Word Origin and History for cesspool
also cess-pool, 1670s, the first element perhaps an alteration of cistern, perhaps a shortened form of recess [Klein]; or the whole may be an alteration of suspiral (c.1400), "drainpipe," from Old French sospiral "a vent, air hole," from sospirer "breathe," from Latin suspirare "breathe deep" [Barnhart]. Meaning extended to "tank at the end of the pipe," which would account for a possible folk-etymology change in final syllable.
Other possible etymologies: Italian cesso "privy," from Latin secessus "place of retirement" (in Late Latin "privy, drain"); dialectal suspool, from suss, soss "puddle;" or cess "a bog on the banks of a tidal river."