vicious circle

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vicious circle

noun

: a repeating situation or condition in which one problem causes another problem that makes the first problem worse

Full Definition of VICIOUS CIRCLE

1
:  an argument or definition that begs the question
2
:  a chain of events in which the response to one difficulty creates a new problem that aggravates the original difficulty —called also vicious cycle

Examples of VICIOUS CIRCLE

  1. We're trapped in a vicious circle.

First Known Use of VICIOUS CIRCLE

circa 1792

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