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English definition of “vicious circle”

vicious circle

noun [C]    /ˈvɪʃ·əs ˈsɜr·kəl/ (also vicious cycle,    /ˈvɪʃ·əs ˈsɑɪ·kəl/)
a situation in which one problem causes another one, making the original problem impossible to solve : In a kind of vicious circle, girls did not study science because other girls didn’t study science , even though they were good at it.
(Definition of vicious circle noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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