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    Hi! what is is antonym for the phrase 'vicious cycle'. Is the trope 'virtuous cycle' correct usage?
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    I'm familiar with vicious circle (670,000 hits) and virtuous cirlces (104, 000 hits).

    Surprisingly:
    vicious cycle (496,000 hits)
    virtuous cycle (59,200 hits)

    I learn something everyday.
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    It's a new one to me, too. I'd use 'circle' instead of 'cycle'.

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    Vicious cycle is a term which is quite familiar to me. (Is it an AE/BE thing?) One thing causes another thing, which causes another thing, and eventually you're back to where you started from. Then the whole process repeats itself.

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    That's it, but I'd use 'circle'. In fact, I've even seen it tested in an exam here.

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    Allow me to disagree with myself. Tdol, you are right. It's vicious circle. It has hit me like a ton of bricks that that idiot (me) got it wrong.

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    A vicious cycle is a really mean bike.

    :wink:

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    As everyone knows by now, both forms are used. I started a poll on this one over at the Dictionary.com Forum. Go here: http://forums.delphiforums.com/n/mb/...ry&msg=15313.1

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