cess·​pit | \ ˈses-ˌpit How to pronounce cesspit (audio) \

Definition of cesspit

: a pit for the disposal of refuse (such as sewage)

Examples of cesspit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Khadem al-Qubaisi, the former director of an Abu Dhabi fund, was arrested for his dealings with 1MDB, a defunct Malaysian development fund that was a cesspit of corruption. The Economist, "Gulf states are becoming more adventurous investors," 14 June 2019 One seed, pulled from a medieval cesspit in the remains of a monastery in Orléans, central France, was a perfect match with the modern savagnin blanc grape. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian, "Ancient Grape DNA Tells the Prolific History of Wine," 10 June 2019 Twitter has been variously described as an echo chamber where people go to have their views confirmed, or a cesspit where harassment and abuse go unchecked. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Tiny Jumping Spiders Can See The Moon," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of cesspit

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cesspit

cesspool + pit

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“Cesspit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cesspit. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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