Definition of vicious circle in English:

vicious circle

Syllabification: vi·cious cir·cle
(also vicious cycle)


  • 1A sequence of reciprocal cause and effect in which two or more elements intensify and aggravate each other, leading inexorably to a worsening of the situation.
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    • She paints a grim portrait of divorce's vicious circle of depleted resources, emotional and financial.
    • Once this vicious circle is ingrained, any person who warns an employer is within his rights.
    • To break this vicious circle, leaders need to model a different way of treating others.
    dilemma, vicious cycle, downward spiral, vortex, no-win situation, catch-22, chicken-and-egg situation
  • 2 Logic A definition or statement that begs the question.

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