vicious circle love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A situation in which the apparent solution of one problem in a chain of circumstances creates a new problem and increases the difficulty of solving the original problem. Also called vicious cycle.
  • n. A condition in which a disorder or disease gives rise to another that subsequently affects the first.
  • n. Logic A fallacy in reasoning in which the premise is used to prove the conclusion, and the conclusion used to prove the premise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A situation in which the solution to one problem creates a chain of problems, each making it more difficult to solve the original one.
  • n. A fallacy in which the premise is used to prove a conclusion which is then used to prove the premise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See circle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one trouble leads to another that aggravates the first
  • n. an argument that assumes that which is to be proved

Etymologies

Translation of New Latin circulus vitiōsus, circular argument : Medieval Latin circulus, circular argument + Latin vitiōsus, flawed, faulty.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Zarqawi’s strategy was to hit the Shia so that they would in turn strike the Sunnis, so precipitating a vicious circle of violence in which al-Qaeda would be cast as the protector of the Sunnis against the wrath of the Shia.

    The Longest War

  • This vicious circle explains how adoption of the coffee variety innovations widened the socioeconomic gaps between (1) adopters and nonadopters and (2) individuals originally high and low in socioeconomic status.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • some comments attributed to you denigrating the State Department have been given fairly wide circulation in some Bureaus. all of these factors have contributed to a vicious circle of reactions and counter-reactions between the staff and the State Department;

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

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  • Zoiks! How 'bout vicious coicle?

    Or if you're a Piers Anthony fan, Viscous Circle....

    September 21, 2007

  • And you oughta know about circles, oroboros. ;-)

    Has anyone ever heard "vicious cycle" instead of this? It drives me batty.

    September 21, 2007

  • A self-perpetuating process which returns to its starting point with no improvement from when it was begun. More here.

    September 21, 2007