Synonyms for cesspool

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Scattering flowers upon a cesspool of iniquity will not purify it.

I should be the first to be ready to clean out any cesspool you like.

The "cesspool question" had already been a subject of dispute between them.

When we pass a cesspool we close our noses and try not to breathe.

All the vice and misery of the country got thrown into that cesspool.

Are you there, oh dwellers in the cesspool of respectability?

His swans are not always immaculate, but they are not "swans of the cesspool," to quote Landor.

It does not come within our province to enter into details as to the best method of building a cesspool.

(c) The cesspool is still the chief reliance of the world at large.

Human nature to him is a cesspool of villainy and corruption.

WORD ORIGIN

also cess-pool, 1670s, the first element perhaps an alteration of cistern, perhaps a shortened form of recess [Klein]; or the whole may be an alteration of suspiral (c.1400), "drainpipe," from Old French sospiral "a vent, air hole," from sospirer "breathe," from Latin suspirare "breathe deep" [Barnhart]. Meaning extended to "tank at the end of the pipe," which would account for a possible folk-etymology change in final syllable.

Other possible etymologies: Italian cesso "privy," from Latin secessus "place of retirement" (in Late Latin "privy, drain"); dialectal suspool, from suss, soss "puddle;" or cess "a bog on the banks of a tidal river."

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nounchannel through which liquid runs off
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