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

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

Translation of New Latin circulus vitiōsus, circular argument : Medieval Latin circulus, circular argument + Latin vitiōsus, flawed, faulty.

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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