[ ses-pool ]
/ ˈsɛsˌpul /
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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.



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Origin of cesspool

1575–85; cess (<Italian cesso privy <Latin rēcessusrecess, place of retirement) + pool1
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British Dictionary definitions for cesspool


cesspit (ˈsɛsˌpɪt)

/ (ˈsɛsˌpuːl) /


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 for cesspool

C17: changed (through influence of pool 1) from earlier cesperalle, from Old French souspirail vent, air, from soupirer to sigh; see suspire
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