vicious cycle


Definition of vicious cycle

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  having the nature or quality of vice or immorality :  depraved — (see 1vice)

    :  defective, faulty

    :  invalid

  1. :  an interval of time during which a sequence of a recurring succession of events or phenomena is completed

    :  a course or series of events or operations that recur regularly and usually lead back to the starting point

    :  one complete performance of a vibration, electric oscillation, current alternation, or other periodic process

  1. :  to pass through a cycle

    :  to recur in cycles

    :  to ride a cycle

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a harsh rebuke

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