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VICIOUS CIRCLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vicious circle mean? 

VICIOUS CIRCLE (noun)
  The noun VICIOUS CIRCLE has 2 senses:

1. one trouble leads to another that aggravates the first
2. an argument that assumes that which is to be proved

  Familiarity information: VICIOUS CIRCLE used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


VICIOUS CIRCLE (noun)


Sense 1vicious circle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One trouble leads to another that aggravates the first

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

vicious circle; vicious cycle

Hypernyms ("vicious circle" is a kind of...):

positive feedback; regeneration (feedback in phase with (augmenting) the input)


Sense 2vicious circle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An argument that assumes that which is to be proved

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("vicious circle" is a kind of...):

specious argument (an argument that appears good at first view but is really fallacious)


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