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Examples of vicious circle in a Sentence
We're trapped in a vicious circle.
Recent Examples of vicious circle from the Web
As land prices and wine prices become locked in a vicious circle, each forcing the other higher and higher, even purchasing wine becomes nonviable for many.
To different degrees in different places, these factors all contributed to a vicious circle, rather than a virtuous one: the worse things got, the less effective efforts to stem the tide became.
Jens Spahn, the designated health minister in Merkel’s administration and a leading figure in her Christian Democratic Union, urged U.S. President Donald Trump to seek a less confrontational path and avoid a vicious circle in which everyone loses.
Where budget information is not available, citizens have fewer reasons to trust their governments, perhaps leading to a vicious circle of poor transparency, weakened democracy and increasing public mistrust.
If the latter, the dynamics will favour a vicious circle.
In his music, Mr. Lamar talks frequently about how the poor can get trapped in vicious circles.
At the same time, their focus on attracting healthy people and avoiding sick people is creating a vicious circle.
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Did You Know?
Vicious circle originally referred to a circular argument, that is, an argument that assumes the conclusion as one of its premises. That sense was first documented around the end of the 18th century. Approximately 50 years later, vicious circle acquired the now more common "chain of events" sense as people began to think of the circle as a metaphorical circle rather than a circular argument. Today, vicious cycle is a common variant for the "chain of events" sense. Vicious spiral, in which the ill effects are cumulative as well as self-aggravating, puts in an occasional appearance as well.
First Known Use of vicious circle
VICIOUS CIRCLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vicious circle for English Language Learners
: a repeating situation or condition in which one problem causes another problem that makes the first problem worse
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