- The definition of a cesspool is a gross, disgusting or corrupt place, or an underground storage for sewage from sinks and toilets.
A place that is filthy dirty and gross is an example of a cesspool.
- a deep hole or pit in the ground, usually covered, to receive drainage or sewage from the sinks, toilets, etc. of a house
- a center of moral corruption
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Italian cesso, privy ; from Classical Latin secessus, place of retirement (in Late Latin privy, drain): see secede
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- A covered hole or pit for receiving drainage or sewage, as from a house.
- A filthy, disgusting, or morally corrupt place.
Origin: Perhaps alteration (influenced by pool1) of obsolete cesperalle, drainpipe, from Middle English suspiral, vent, from Old French sospirail, breathing hole, from souspirer, to breathe, from Latin suspīrāre, to sigh; see suspire.