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Definition of cesspit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cesspit

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈsespɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsespɪt//
     
    (also cesspool
    BrE BrE//ˈsespuːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsespuːl//
     
    )
     
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  1. 1a covered hole or container in the ground for collecting waste from a building, especially from the toilets
  2. 2a place where dishonest or immoral people gather a cesspit of corruption
  3. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from cess (the supposed base of cesspool) + pit ‘large hole in the ground’.