cess·​pit ˈses-ˌpit How to pronounce cesspit (audio)
: a pit for the disposal of refuse (such as sewage)

Examples of cesspit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Early last week, the buzzy social network Bluesky—a onetime Twitter spinout that’s soaking up many refugees from the cesspit now known as X—finally started letting people in without invitations. David Meyer, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 Diagon Alley becomes a cesspit of Death Eaters during Halloween Horror Nights. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 3 Sep. 2023 Only wealthy elites had toilets, which typically consisted of a hole carved into a slab of stone with a latrine cesspit below for storing the waste. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 June 2023 One sergeant was in the rice paddy, and a weapons specialist was knocked out in a cesspit. CBS News, 3 Mar. 2023 The fecal and food sludge emptied into a cesspit or directly into the street, rather than the sewer system. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2020 Where to begin with the online cesspit that is Depp v. Heard? Raven Smith, Vogue, 17 May 2022 The team collected 15 sediment samples from the cesspit below the stone toilet seat. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Jan. 2022 In Israel, meanwhile, researchers discovered an intact, 1,000-year-old chicken egg in a cesspit in the ancient city of Yavne. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Dec. 2021

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Word History


cesspool + pit

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cesspit was in 1777

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“Cesspit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cesspit. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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