- vicious circle,
Origin of vicious
Examples from the Web for vicious
“Vicious pecking, avian hysteria, mysterious deaths, and even cannibalism” are the results, he writes.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity|William O’Connor|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The late-November hacking of Sony, perhaps the most vicious episode of its kind, comes at the end of the period of mourning.
But most of all, Ramone lingered on Vicious, whom he painted and drew over and over again.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings|Melissa Leon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She later sued him alleging a vicious cycle of abuse, and he settled with his ex-wife out of court for an undisclosed sum.
A hulking defender breaks into the backfield and takes him down with a vicious clothesline tackle.Two New Films Preach Our Nation’s Corrosive Gridiron Gospel|Steve Almond|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He hoped that they expected him; he would smack his lips over the vicious joy of disappointing them.A Yankee from the West|Opie Read
They had met and defeated a slimy, vicious enemy that had done its best to drag them down, and their spirits lifted accordingly.The Lost Wagon|James Arthur Kjelgaard
By a repetition of vicious acts, evil habits have been formed within us, and have rivetted the fetters of sin.
A man's desire may lead him through devious ways both vile and vicious,—but a man's love leads only one way to one woman!Temporal Power|Marie Corelli
Reid's "plain statement of fact" is not a true statement of observed fact; it is a vicious statement of conjectured fact.
Word Origin for vicious
early 14c. (implied in viciously), "of the nature of vice, wicked," from Anglo-French vicious, Old French vicieus, from Latin vitiosus "faulty, defective, corrupt," from vitium "fault" (see vice (n.1)). Meaning "inclined to be savage or dangerous" is first recorded 1711 (originally of animals, especially horses); that of "full of spite, bitter, severe" is from 1825. In law, "marred by some inherent fault" (late 14c.), hence also this sense in logic (c.1600); cf. vicious circle in reasoning (c.1792, Latin circulus vitiosus), which was given a general sense of "a situation in which action and reaction intensify one another" by 1839.