Definition of cesspit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsesˌpit/


1A pit for the disposal of liquid waste and sewage.
Example sentences
  • When the great social reformer Lord Shaftesbury visited one house, he went into the cellar - where a family was living - and found that the sewage from a nearby cesspit had leaked right under their floor boards.
  • Snow was now certain that the well had been contaminated with infected sewage - either from the sewer or the many nearby cesspits.
  • Flood waters in the eastern regions of Trinidad have subsided, and clean-up crews have now begun clearing up overflowing cesspits and clogged waterways.
1.1A disgusting or corrupt place or situation: the affair threatened to be a cesspit of scandal
More example sentences
  • He'd been part of political groups since he was 17, as London was ‘a big cesspit of corruption’ to him.
  • Even at superstar level, most rock bands are cesspits of raging ego, petty bitterness, monstrous vanity, sordid self-abuse and very bad hair days.
  • The religious fundamentalists who exercise such influence in some US states view the East and West coasts as cesspits of vice.


Mid 19th century: from cess (the supposed base of cesspool) + pit1.

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Syllabification: cess·pit

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