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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cesspool a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cesspool A cistern in the course, or the termination, of a drain, to collect sedimentary or superfluous matter; a privy vault; any receptacle of filth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cesspool A sunk chamber, cistern, or well in a drain or privy, to receive the sediment or filth.
    • n cesspool Figuratively, any foul or fetid receptacle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cesspool ses′pōōl a pool or hollow in which filthy water collects.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Sesspol
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Acc. to Skeat, from Celt. soss-pool, a pool into which foul messes flow. Cf. Scot. soss, a mixed dirty mess.


In literature:

Black Will and Shakbag belong to the darkest cesspool of London iniquity.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
Leaping Horse, the cesspool of the earth.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
It's the shadow every lovely woman throws, no matter where she walks; it's only your shadow that has passed over the cesspool.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
Citizens were ordered to dig cesspools in their yards and to get rid of all garbage.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
Drain basins and cesspools are often resorted to, and these may become additional sources of contamination.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
Once again I told her of my fear, my anxiety for her safety among those rough men in that cesspool of iniquity.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Your 'Relative by Marriage' has proved himself a useful artist in cesspools.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
The brick soon became foul and the trap would be better termed a small cesspool than a trap.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
Why should Cairo be the cesspool of European iniquity?
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
The whole theatre must be standing over some vast cesspool.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Yours stinks like a cesspool!
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
You know as I do that only the very edges of this national cesspool have yet been uncovered.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
A permanent cesspool of poisons is this, where all forms of poisonous germs are propagated, and infect the system by absorption.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
A cesspool is a charming apartment compared with the old Bog-woman's brewery.
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
No form of cesspool, no leaching vault, and no cemented tank, should be allowed under any circumstances.
"Village Improvements and Farm Villages" by George E. Waring
The flood of water that swept through Johnstown has cleaned out hundreds of cesspools.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Overflows of cisterns should never be connected with a drain, sewer, or cesspool.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
Outdoor privies and cesspools must be carefully attended to.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
Give us attractions of a less baneful character, and wean us from these cesspools of infamy.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, October 1879" by Various
It is a sort of cesspool into which are drained all sorts of outcasts, and the only way to distinguish them is to know them personally.
"Tramping with Tramps" by Josiah Flynt

In news:

The Internet is becoming a cesspool of plagiarism.
Aubree Rankin's work life is a cesspool of foul language, kinky sex and horrific violence.
Because when you do scratch the surface, so to speak, and start digging deep (again, so to speak), you find yet another pressing, serious environmental danger that plagues Hawaii: Large capacity cesspools .
They're learning firsthand about the troubles with big cesspools .
After Its Prison Is Called ' Cesspool '.
The charlatan is out of commission, the beat kicks back in, and El-P jumps headfirst into the dystopian cesspool.
The term "fast food" does not have to describe the greasy cesspool of unidentifiable mystery meat served up at drive-through windows.
Craigslist Called 'Cesspool of Crime' by Rival.
Enlightened dialogue or a cesspool of vitriol .
Except it turns out that they're only cesspools of incompetence during certain eras.
Many of the nation's colleges and universities have become cesspools of indoctrination, intolerance, academic dishonesty and an "enlightened" form of racism.
Enlightened dialogue or a cesspool of vitriol.
HONOLULU — The owner and landlord of a Kauai restaurant paid a fine of more than $47,000 for using two large cesspools long after they were forced to close by federal regulations, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.
High school is a cesspool of hierarchies.
After Its Prison Is Called 'Cesspool'.