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cess•pit  (sespit′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Buildinga pit for receiving wastes, as sewage, or other refuse.
  • cess(pool) + pit1 1860–65

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cess•pool /ˈsɛsˌpul/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Buildingan underground container for receiving the waste from a house.
  2. a place of filth or immorality.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cess•pool  (sespo̅o̅l′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Buildinga cistern, well, or pit for retaining the sediment of a drain or for receiving the sewage from a house.
  2. any filthy receptacle or place.
  3. any place of moral filth or immorality:a cesspool of iniquity.
  • Latin rēcessus recess, place of retirement) + pool1
  • Italian cesso privy
  • cess ( 1575–85

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cesspool /ˈsɛsˌpuːl/, cesspit /ˈsɛsˌpɪt/ n
  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
Etymology: 17th Century: changed (through influence of pool1) from earlier cesperalle, from Old French souspirail vent, air, from soupirer to sigh; see suspire
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