Yet not everyone is caught up this vortex of paralysis and resentment.
No, that would be Baia, a popular Roman resort once described by Seneca the Younger as a “vortex of luxury” (sign me up).
Since last year, Greece has been sucked into a vortex by the debt woes that are now threatening the very foundations of the euro.
By the time a defense can be mounted, the vortex has already done its damage.
Good, old-fashioned, sweating it out until some other cultural villain blows up and gets sucked into the vortex.
The sky and the lawn seemed to alter positions, to rotate madly as in a vortex.
In the vortex of the eddy the delusion of the vast cone was more pronounced.
I do not think that any man with less experience than myself could sound the depths of that vortex and come up alive.
In the vortex of his failure, all the means of supporting his family were swallowed up.
He was in the vortex of a vast whirlpool, not of water or of wind, but of life.
1650s, "whirlpool, eddying mass," from Latin vortex, variant of vertex "an eddy of water, wind, or flame; whirlpool; whirlwind," from stem of vertere "to turn" (see versus). Plural form is vortices. Became prominent in 17c. theories of astrophysics (by Descartes, etc.). In reference to human affairs, it is attested from 1761. Vorticism as a movement in British arts and literature is attested from 1914, coined by Ezra Pound.
vortex vor·tex (vôr'těks')
n. pl. vor·tex·es or vor·ti·ces (-tĭ-sēz')
A spiral motion of fluid within a limited area, especially a whirling mass of water or air that sucks everything near it toward its center.
Plural vortexes or vortices (vôr'tĭ-sēz')
A circular, spiral, or helical motion in a fluid (such as a gas) or the fluid in such a motion. A vortex often forms around areas of low pressure and attracts the fluid (and the objects moving within it) toward its center. Tornados are examples of vortexes; vortexes that form around flying objects are a source of turbulence and drag. See also eddy.