- cestan-chenais syndrome,
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|William O’Connor|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The vote on Sunday could take Ukraine toward a modern functioning democracy or plunge it back into a cesspool of corruption.
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|DAILY BEAST
In the cesspool of cynicism that is Indian politics, we thought his train ride struck a blow instead for a degree of idealism.
It's perpetuating a cesspool on Facebook for those who would perpetuate real world violence and rape.
It seems, in fact, to be a sort of horrible beast made for the night which has just been torn from its cesspool.
It's possible to live; but you want brains and a lot of cleverness in order not to sit down in the cesspool at once.Mother|Maksim Gorky
If a giant had filtered this cesspool, he would have had the riches of centuries in his lair.
We picked our way back to the fire, avoiding the dung-heap and pig-stye, whereby we nearly fell into a cesspool.The Luck of Thirteen|Jan Gordon
At the lower end of the trough have a waste pipe which runs into a cesspool.Campward Ho!|Unknown
Word Origin 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."