KudoZ home » French to English » Other

cercle vertueux

English translation: virtuous circle

Advertisement

Login or register (free and only takes a few minutes) to participate in this question.

You will also have access to many other tools and opportunities designed for those who have language-related jobs
(or are passionate about them). Participation is free and the site has a strict confidentiality policy.
GLOSSARY ENTRY (DERIVED FROM QUESTION BELOW)
French term or phrase:cercle vertueux
English translation:virtuous circle
Entered by: Cynthia Brals-Rud
Options:
- Contribute to this entry
- Include in personal glossary

12:24 Apr 30, 2001
French to English translations [PRO]
French term or phrase: cercle vertueux
La politique d’excellence que XXXX met en œuvre est de nature à créer un cercle vertueux permettant d’attirer, de sélectionner et de retenir les meilleurs praticiens.

This smells like an idiomatic expression drawn from a fairy tale. Any ideas? My references are silent.
Paul Sadur
Local time: 08:53
"virtuous circle"
Explanation:
Sorry, forgot to explain about the two spellings. Here are more talking references.

A Virtuous Circle
... A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Post-Industrial
Democracies. Cambridge University ...
www.ksg.harvard.edu/people/pnorris/book2.htm - 57k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's


The Virtuous Circle - StarIQ.com
... past, crop abundance or scarcity depended on weather conditions. In the 1950s and
1960s, prosperity depended on what economists call "the virtuous circle.". ...
www.stariq.com/Main/Articles/P0001245.HTM - 43k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's


xrefer - virtuous circle
... virtuous circle, Particular deductions must conform to general logical principles;
but such principles must conform to accepted deductive practice. For Goodman ...
www.xrefer.com/entry/553826 - 22k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's


The Word Spy - virtuous circle
... virtuous circle, noun One good thing leads to another. That is, a situation in
which improvement in one element of a chain of circumstances leads to ...
www.logophilia.com/WordSpy/virtuouscircle.html - 20k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's


virtuous circle. The American Heritage Dictionary of the ...
... The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language:
Fourth Edition. 2000. virtuous circle. ...
www.bartleby.com/61/78/V0117850.html - 15k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's


Selected response from:

Cynthia Brals-Rud
Local time: 15:53
Grading comment
Thanks for the references. I guess I never stumbled on the expression. About Parrot's comment. I grew up hearing "vicious cycle" then, I don't know when, I started hearing "vicious circle", so although I use "vicious cycle" in my own speech, I'll probably go with "virtuous circle."

4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

Advertisement


Summary of answers provided
navirtuous cycle
Parrot
na"virtuous circle"
Cynthia Brals-Rud
na"virtous circle"
Cynthia Brals-Rud
na"virtuous circle"Margriet Lacy
navirtuous circle
jmleger


  

Answers


3 mins
virtuous circle


Explanation:
Termium


    Reference: http://www.termium.com
jmleger
Local time: 08:53
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 696
Login to enter a peer comment (or grade)

7 mins
"virtuous circle"


Explanation:
This is a play on words ("cercle vertueux" as opposed to the usual "cercle vicieux"). You can obtain exactly the same effect in English by translating literally, and hope that people will "see" the contrast of "virtuous" and "vicious." I would definitely use quotation marks to point out the play on words.

Margriet Lacy
Native speaker of: Native in DutchDutch
Login to enter a peer comment (or grade)

2 hrs
"virtous circle"


Explanation:
Well, here are some talking references!
Usually written between inverted commas.
Good luck!

Impact assessment: seeing the wood and the trees
... resources; and in suggesting how impact assessment can be part of a 'virtous circle'
of change that can help promote greater accountability and learning among ...
www.developmentinpractice.org/abstracts/vol10/v10n3a24.htm - 6k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's


sd.html
... Positive Loops generate change or growth in systems. This example is a simple
"virtous circle", where an action generates an outcome which reinforces the ...
www.ie.metu.edu.tr/~ie704/sd/sd.html - 6k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's


Home Page
... consulting assignments for government departments & agencies. The firm is building
a 'virtous circle' in which revenue from consulting is used to fund our own ...
www.policyintelligence.com/default.htm - 10k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's


MITSUI & Co., Ltd./Data Watching
... and are carefully selected from a strategic perspective have generated a virtous
circle, giving rise to new business opportunities. As Mitsui engages in gloal ...
www.mitsui.co.jp/tkabz/english/corp/data/mia345.htm - 9k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's


[PDF] www.igidr.ac.in/money/paper1.pdf
... industrial growth. It was envisioned that increased capital formation would contribute
for more industrial output & a 'virtous circle' of growth. Gross Capital ...
Text version - Gelijkwaardige pagina's




Cynthia Brals-Rud
Local time: 15:53
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 28
Login to enter a peer comment (or grade)

2 hrs
"virtuous circle"


Explanation:
Sorry, forgot to explain about the two spellings. Here are more talking references.

A Virtuous Circle
... A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Post-Industrial
Democracies. Cambridge University ...
www.ksg.harvard.edu/people/pnorris/book2.htm - 57k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's


The Virtuous Circle - StarIQ.com
... past, crop abundance or scarcity depended on weather conditions. In the 1950s and
1960s, prosperity depended on what economists call "the virtuous circle.". ...
www.stariq.com/Main/Articles/P0001245.HTM - 43k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's


xrefer - virtuous circle
... virtuous circle, Particular deductions must conform to general logical principles;
but such principles must conform to accepted deductive practice. For Goodman ...
www.xrefer.com/entry/553826 - 22k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's


The Word Spy - virtuous circle
... virtuous circle, noun One good thing leads to another. That is, a situation in
which improvement in one element of a chain of circumstances leads to ...
www.logophilia.com/WordSpy/virtuouscircle.html - 20k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's


virtuous circle. The American Heritage Dictionary of the ...
... The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language:
Fourth Edition. 2000. virtuous circle. ...
www.bartleby.com/61/78/V0117850.html - 15k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's




Cynthia Brals-Rud
Local time: 15:53
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 28
Grading comment
Thanks for the references. I guess I never stumbled on the expression. About Parrot's comment. I grew up hearing "vicious cycle" then, I don't know when, I started hearing "vicious circle", so although I use "vicious cycle" in my own speech, I'll probably go with "virtuous circle."
Login to enter a peer comment (or grade)

3 hrs
virtuous cycle


Explanation:
This is a play on words; the original English expression being "vicious cycle", perhaps it would be more apt to use "virtuous cycle".

Parrot
Spain
Local time: 15:53
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1861
Login to enter a peer comment (or grade)




Return to KudoZ list


KudoZ™ translation help
The KudoZ network provides a framework for translators and others to assist each other with translations or explanations of terms and short phrases.



See also:



Term search
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search