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cesspool /ˈsɛsˌpuːl/, cesspit /ˈsɛsˌpɪt/ n
  1. Also called: sink, sump a covered cistern, etc, for collecting and storing sewage or waste water
  2. a filthy or corrupt place: a cesspool of iniquity
Etymology: 17th Century: changed (through influence of pool1) from earlier cesperalle, from Old French souspirail vent, air, from soupirer to sigh; see suspire



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