a continuous, usually rapid negative trend, especially one with a repeated and worsening cycle of events or states: The more I doubted myself, the more confused I became, in a vicious downward spiral.
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How to use downward spiral in a sentence
This downward spiral involving local power politics was obvious to the Americans in the valley.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To his fellow survivors and to the audience, this delusion indicates another slip on a downward spiral.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero | Regina Lizik | October 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even a modest hit from sanctions or pullback by foreign investors will only add to that downward spiral.Putin’s Patriotism is Phony, His Desperation is Real | Andrew Nagorski | April 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Once caught in a downward spiral of economic blight and crime, the city was in danger of being lost.
Then Lohan was cast—at the height of media interest in her downward spiral.Is ‘The Canyons’ Really a Disaster? Our Critics Debate | Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern | August 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He saw it: the downward spiral which could only lead to death for all of us in the last days.Martyr | Alan Edward Nourse