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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A situation in which a problem causes other problems, which in turn make the original problem worse.
A vicious circle can also be a situation where an effort to solve a problem gives rise to the conditions which aggravate the original problem.
Also known as a vicious cycle. The opposite is a virtuous circle.
From Latin circulus (circle) + vitiosus (flawed). Earliest documented use: 1792.
"'It's a vicious circle: no R&D investment, no drugs, no revenue, no R&D investment,' Mardi Dier said."
Ariel Levy; Drug Test: Letter From Bangalore; The New Yorker; Jan 2, 2012.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. -Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)