vicious circle
noun Date: circa 1792 1. an argument or definition that begs the question 2. a chain of events in which the response to one difficulty creates a new problem that aggravates the original difficulty — called also vicious cycle

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  • vicious circle — noun 1. one trouble leads to another that aggravates the first (Freq. 3) • Syn: ↑vicious cycle • Hypernyms: ↑positive feedback, ↑regeneration 2. an argument that assumes that which is to be proved • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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