WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
cess•pool /ˈsɛsˌpul/USA pronunciation
- Buildingan underground container for receiving the waste from a house.
- a place of filth or immorality.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cesspool /ˈsɛsˌpuːl/, cesspit /ˈsɛsˌpɪt/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: changed (through influence of pool1) from earlier cesperalle, from Old French souspirail vent, air, from soupirer to sigh; see suspire
- Also called: sink, sump a covered cistern, etc, for collecting and storing sewage or waste water
- a filthy or corrupt place: a cesspool of iniquity
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