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 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 The cesspit also contained three dolls made out of bone—toys typical of the period—and an oil lamp. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2021 The team discovered the egg in a cesspit in the industrial zone of the ancient city of Yavneh. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2021 Far from perfect, of course, but not the cesspit of dodgy dealings that many think. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 9 Mar. 2021 According to Ars Technica, the Jerusalem samples came from a cesspit that held the contents of at least two households’ toilets; the Riga samples were from a public latrine used by many people. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Oct. 2020 The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, examined a 14th-century cesspit in Riga and a 15th-century one in Jerusalem. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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The first known use of cesspit was in 1777

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22 May 2022

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“Cesspit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cesspit. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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