Definition of cesspit in English:



  • 1A pit for the disposal of liquid waste and sewage.

    • ‘Vacuum tankers are used to empty the cesspits when they become full.’
    • ‘C. quinquefasciatus is the principal vector of human filariasis, and breeds in cesspits and drains.’
    • ‘Neighbours fear their houses may fall into a cesspit after a 25 ft-deep hole opened up in their gardens.’
    • ‘The sanitation of Windsor Castle was almost as bad as the slums of London, with seeping cesspits polluting the water supply.’
    • ‘The Thames was a polluted mess and cesspits within the city were a constant source of contamination.’
    • ‘Trucks that used to empty cesspits and septic tanks can no longer be used due to a lack of tyres, batteries and other spare parts.’
    • ‘I will have to maintain an aura of dignity even if I am thrown into a cesspit.’
    • ‘They quickly discovered that the barracks hospital had been constructed over a contaminated cesspit and that the patients were literally wallowing in their own sewage.’
    • ‘We showed them our caravans, our day rooms, our cesspit and our toilets and they told my father that all he had to do was plant a row of three trees to shield us from the road.’
    • ‘Our son found his way into a disused cesspit and then, going barefoot, picked up an infection, which required regular injections in his backside.’
    • ‘When the great social reformer Lord Shaftesbury visited one house, he went into the cellar - where a family was living - and found that the sewage from a nearby cesspit had leaked right under their floor boards.’
    • ‘Parasites have also been found in human coprolites and medieval cesspits.’
    • ‘The two men in dark glasses descended from the truck and asked him if his toilet cesspit was full.’
    • ‘Now there are fears it could happen again in the neighbourhood, where there are known to be other redundant cesspits.’
    • ‘Flood waters in the eastern regions of Trinidad have subsided, and clean-up crews have now begun clearing up overflowing cesspits and clogged waterways.’
    • ‘The man said he first started getting pain after a construction accident where he held a 500 lb concrete block from falling into a cesspit.’
    • ‘Snow was now certain that the well had been contaminated with infected sewage - either from the sewer or the many nearby cesspits.’
    • ‘The cesspit sitting under the town is full to overflowing.’
    • ‘‘If it dies,’ I enquired, ‘can I chuck it into our cesspit?’’
    • ‘Some of them even brought mud from the garden and worse yet, buckets full of sludge from the cesspit.’
    1. 1.1 A disgusting or corrupt place.
      ‘the affair threatened to be a cesspit of scandal’
      • ‘Hollywood - the cesspit that is poisoning the world via cultural globalisation - has incongruously produced what may well be the most devotional work of art in this decade.’
      • ‘No wonder some people now think that Fairfax Press, to which this paper belongs, is an intellectual cesspit.’
      • ‘Sometimes the world looks like a total cesspit, you would hope that God would want to change that.’
      • ‘It is amazing how much of a cesspit of advertising the Government has created, when it could be helping out so many young people, so many families, and so many health initiatives around this country.’
      • ‘He'd been part of political groups since he was 17, as London was ‘a big cesspit of corruption’ to him.’
      • ‘His scabs have become cesspits for the vilest strain of puss and weep day after day with no sign of improvement.’
      • ‘Whether you think Montreal is a stinking cesspit wallowing knee-deep in its own filth or believe that our island's a green gem, next Monday, April 19, is your opportunity to voice your views to the person who has to listen.’
      • ‘Even at superstar level, most rock bands are cesspits of raging ego, petty bitterness, monstrous vanity, sordid self-abuse and very bad hair days.’
      • ‘Over the ensuing months, the Petrov royal commission became a political cesspit.’
      • ‘In the cesspit of Scottish Labour politics, policy doesn't get a look in.’
      • ‘To some, this implies that ‘blue states’ are cesspits of morality, as if bordering on water causes depravity and sin.’
      • ‘The reason I'm banging on about Kant, is that this test exposes the moral cesspit of international relations.’
      • ‘Was it directed at Bali as a heathen cesspit full of pleasure-seeking infidels?’
      • ‘Their son Adie, a promising scholar, crosses the boundary into the cesspit of violence which marks the lives of his lover Sita and her psychotic brother Jean.’
      • ‘Even before his bid was successful there were plans at Manchester United to build a regional casino and so make money out of the cesspit of misery that the evil gambling trade promotes.’
      • ‘Don't make me laugh, it hurts (especially after the lid got lifted the latest cesspit in mutual funds).’
      • ‘There's nothing wrong with sloshing about in a cesspit of anecdotes from the flash trash world of English football, as Hall does in his Sunday tabloid column.’
      • ‘The religious fundamentalists who exercise such influence in some US states view the East and West coasts as cesspits of vice.’
      • ‘Athole Still once described the football world as a cesspit and, as a former journalist, he should have known what he was talking about.’
      • ‘Don't listen to him - he reckons that every city is a hellish cesspit of hatred and evil.’


Mid 19th century: from cess (the supposed base of cesspool) + pit.