vicious circlevicious circle
- Logic an argument which is invalid because its conclusion rests on a premise which itself depends on the conclusion
- any sequence of events characterized by two or more interrelated problems or ills inevitably reinforcing one another in an endless or ever-worsening cyclealso vicious cycle
- 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.
- A condition in which a disorder or disease gives rise to another that subsequently affects the first.
- Logic A fallacy in reasoning in which the premise is used to prove the conclusion, and the conclusion used to prove the premise.
Origin of vicious circleTranslation of New Latin circulus viti&omacron;sus, circular argument : Medieval Latin circulus, circular argument + Latin viti&omacron;sus, flawed, faulty.
(plural vicious circles)