downward spiral

[ doun-werd spahy-ruhl ]

  1. 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.

Origin of downward spiral

First recorded in 1870–80

Words Nearby downward spiral Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use downward spiral in a sentence

  • He saw it: the downward spiral which could only lead to death for all of us in the last days.

    Martyr | Alan Edward Nourse