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vi·cious cir·cle

the mutually augmenting action of two independent diseases or phenomena, or of a primary and secondary affection.

vicious circle

n.
1. 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.
2. A condition in which a disorder or disease gives rise to another that subsequently affects the first.
3. Logic A fallacy in reasoning in which the premise is used to prove the conclusion, and the conclusion used to prove the premise.

vi·cious cir·cle

(vish'ŭs sĭr'kĕl)
1. The mutually accelerating action of two independent diseases or phenomena, or of a primary and secondary affection.
2. The passage of food, after a gastroenterostomy, from the artificial opening through the intestinal loop by antiperistaltic action and back into the stomach again by the pyloric orifice, or the reverse.
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Here's an example of how the vicious circle works: It might start when the recommended practice of regularly vacuuming clothes-dryer vents gets neglected because the task is not on anyone's priority list.
As the attractiveness of the industry becomes less favourable and global competition increases, the reward potential is further reduced and organizations enter the next cycle of the vicious circle, thus accelerating the dynamics of competition.
Since everything depends on everything, therefore, there is a need to break the main vicious circle of underdevelopment and poverty.
This dramatic saga will last long, given the final goal of Macedonia to remain inside the vicious circle called EU and NATO.
A PART of the brain linked to guilt may explain the vicious circle of negative thinking suf-suf fered by people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a study has found.
The vicious circle of spiraling energy crisis could be a big confronting problem for PML-N government, posing one of the most demanding and immediate issues, the very moment the party takes over the reigns of government.
The vicious circle of spiralling energy crisis could be a big confronting problem for PML-N government, posing one of the most demanding and immediate issues, the very moment the party takes over the reigns of government.
"We run the risk of creating a vicious circle, where clubs refuse to lend money to each other through deferred transfer payments while creditors call in their money, which is reminiscent of what we saw in the banking world."
BOLTON v ARSENAL TOMORROW, 4PM ARSENE WENGER accepts it is a "vicious circle" when his Arsenal team face continual questions about their mental strength, but has no doubt they have the character to win their last five matches and be crowned Premier League champions.
ANKARA, Feb 18, 2010 (TUR) -- Turkish President Abdullah Gul expressed his regret over recent discussions about judiciary and added, "this is a vicious circle. Turkey should get itself out of it quickly.
The report into policing at the Camp for Climate Change gathering at Kingsnorth power station in Kent, found a lack of planning in search tactics led to the development of a "vicious circle" as protesters became hostile towards officers as they were searched on entering the site, in turn leading police to suspect them as troublemakers.