Cesspool meaning

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A filthy, disgusting, or morally corrupt place.
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A covered hole or pit for receiving drainage or sewage, as from a house.
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A deep hole or pit in the ground, usually covered, to receive drainage or sewage from the sinks, toilets, etc. of a house.
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A center of moral corruption.
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An underground pit where sewage is held.
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(by extension) A filthy place.
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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.

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Origin of cesspool

  • Perhaps alteration (influenced by pool) of obsolete cesperalle drainpipe from Middle English suspiral vent from Old French sospirail breathing hole from souspirer to breathe from Latin suspīrāre to sigh suspire

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • By folk etymology (influence from pool) from earlier cesperalle, alteration of Middle English suspiral, from Middle French souspirail (“air hole”), from soupirer, souspirer (“to sigh, breathe”), from Latin suspirare.

    From Wiktionary