Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Danger, from drainage of barns and barnyards, 137;from leachings from privies and cesspools, 138.

Stables and privies must be at least a hundred feet from water reservoirs.

For non-compliance with notice for the construction of drains, privies, &c., 10s.

Great attention is to be paid to the cleanliness of the privies.

Under these circumstances thorough disinfection of the privies checked the spread of the disease.

The perfumers sometimes expose it to the fetid ammoniacal effluvia of privies for the same purpose.

Permanence, transience—Sir Ferdinando and his privies were gone, Crome still stood.

Privies and sinks are more numerous than modern closets, and are handled as elsewhere, with the usual results.

Suppose the manure-pile in the barnyard also sends down its supply, and the privies contribute theirs.

Privies began to be erected at Warsaw for the first time only within these few years830.


"private," early 13c., from Old French privé "friendly, intimate; a private place," from Latin privatus "private, personal" (see private (adj.)). Meaning "participating in (a secret)" (usually with to) is attested from late 14c. Related: Privily. Privy Council is from c.1300 in a general sense; specifically of the British government, first attested late 14c., as consaile priue. Privy member "organ of sex" is from late 13c.