- (in demonstration) the use of each of two propositions to establish the other.
- (in definition) the use of each of two terms to define the other.
Origin of vicious circle
Words nearby vicious circle
How to use vicious circle in a sentence
Paul Theroux’s book, which was adapted as a feature film in 1986, is an allegory for the vicious circle of colonialism nested within an adventure narrative.
“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
So, Linklater just won Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Julio had come full circle and had returned to Cuba as a tourist in his own country.
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
Wharton and Louis had withdrawn their hands at the same instant they caught his eye; and the Duke turned into the circle.
It was the conversation of every circle; and discussed according to the dispositions, or views of the speakers.
We (the officers) were sitting in a circle round the general and Alcalde, both of whom appeared uneasy and anxious.
There was a vicious aching in his nerves, his muscles were flaccid and unstrung; a numbness was in his brain as well.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
His books were read in our homes, often aloud to the family circle by paterfamilias, and moved us to laughter or tears.
British Dictionary definitions for vicious circle
- a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is inferred from premises the truth of which cannot be established independently of that conclusion
- an explanation given in terms that cannot be understood independently of that which was to be explained
- a situation in which some statement is shown to entail its negation and vice versa, as this statement is false is true only if false and false only if true
Medical definitions for vicious circle
Cultural definitions for vicious circle
A series of reactions that compound an initial unfortunate occurrence or situation: “A person who is overweight is likely to feel frustrated and to deal with this frustration by eating more; it's a vicious circle.”
Other Idioms and Phrases with vicious circle
A series of events in which each problem creates another and worsens the original one. For example, The fatter I get, the unhappier I am, so I eat to cheer myself up, which makes me fatter yet—it's a vicious circle. This expression comes from the French cercle vicieux, which in philosophy means “a circular proof”—that is, the proof of one statement depends on a second statement, whose proof in turn depends on the first. One writer suggests that the English meaning of “vicious” helped the expression acquire its more pejorative present sense, used since 1839.