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cesspit

[ses-pit] /ˈsɛsˌpɪt/
noun
1.
a pit for receiving wastes, as sewage, or other refuse.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; cess(pool) + pit1
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  • The nations have mostly fallen and the world has become a cesspit of ecological chaos and crushed cities.
  • Their hatred of the dialectic has brought them to this cesspit.
  • cesspit emptying is affected by the disposal practices.
  • He noticed that the well and cesspit of the farm were within twenty feet t each other.
British Dictionary definitions for cesspit

cesspool

/ˈsɛsˌpuːl/
noun
1.
Also called sink, sump. a covered cistern, etc, for collecting and storing sewage or waste water
2.
a filthy or corrupt place: a cesspool of iniquity
Word Origin
C17: changed (through influence of pool1) from earlier cesperalle, from Old French souspirail vent, air, from soupirer to sigh; see suspire
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Word Origin and History for cesspit
n.

1864, from cess (see cesspool) + pit (n.).

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