Cesspool Definition

sĕspo͝ol
cesspools
noun
cesspools
A deep hole or pit in the ground, usually covered, to receive drainage or sewage from the sinks, toilets, etc. of a house.
Webster's New World
A center of moral corruption.
Webster's New World
A filthy, disgusting, or morally corrupt place.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Cesspool

Noun

Singular:
cesspool
Plural:
cesspools

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

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