cesspool(redirected from cesspools)
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1. A covered hole or pit for receiving drainage or sewage, as from a house.
2. A filthy, disgusting, or morally corrupt place.
[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; see suspire.]
1. (Building) Also called: sink or sump a covered cistern, etc, for collecting and storing sewage or waste water
2. a filthy or corrupt place: a cesspool of iniquity.
[C17: changed (through influence of pool1) from earlier cesperalle, from Old French souspirail vent, air, from soupirer to sigh; see suspire]
1. a reservoir for the sediment of a drain or for receiving the sewage from a house.
2. a place of filth or immorality.
[1575–85; cess (< Italian cesso privy < Latin rēcessus recess]
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|Noun||1.||cesspool - a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it|
cistern - an artificial reservoir for storing liquids; especially an underground tank for storing rainwater