Definition of cesspool in English:
- The Appellant owns and uses two tractors for the purpose of his business of emptying cesspools and discharging the waste on agricultural land.
- Physicians attributed the primary cause of disease to miasmas emanating from sewage, cesspools, or rotting vegetable matter.
- Place tight covers over cisterns, cesspools, septic tanks, fire barrels, rain barrels and tubs where water is stored.
- Our whole system is nothing but a corrupt cesspool of legalized bribery!
- Hersh's work won him a Pulitzer, and he's continued digging into military and political cesspools, including the CIA's bombing of Cambodia and its actions against Chile's Salvador Allende.
- But whether the Cabinet falls or not, Czechs know that very little will change, for the cesspool that is Czech political culture runs very deep indeed.
Late 17th century (denoting a trap under a drain to catch solids): probably an alteration, influenced by pool1, of archaic suspiral 'vent, water pipe, settling tank', from Old French souspirail 'air hole', based on Latin sub- 'from below' + spirare 'breathe'.
A cesspool, in early use, meant a trap under a drain to catch solids. It is perhaps an alteration, influenced by pool, of archaic suspiral ‘vent, water pipe, settling tank’, from Old French souspirail ‘air hole’ from Latin sub- ‘from below’ and spirare ‘breathe’. Mid 19th-century cesspit was formed from cesspool. The old Irish expression bad cess meaning ‘a curse on’ is unconnected. It may be a shortening of assess ( see size). In the 15th century the native Irish had to supply their English rulers with goods at prices ‘assessed’ by the government. The shortening cess then became a word for ‘tax’, indicating how fair people thought the assessment was.
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.