A conceptual album and the second studio album released by Nine Inch Nails in May of 1994. It revolves around an unidentified man who basically goes on a "downward spiral" essentially, or path to eventual and imminent self-destruction.
It went quadruple platinum, and was deemed (I can't, for the life of me, remember who said this) "The bleakest platinum album probably ever released."
The Downward Spiral basically put Nine Inch Nails on the map in the 90s.
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A blantantly sexual, profane, beautiful Concept Album by Trent Reznor, aka, Nine Inch Nails. It might be the best CD by Trent Reznor.
The Downward Spiral is most likely my favorite CD by NIN.
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A state of continuous or coninthing depression that may or may never end
"Emperor Lemon has been on a downward spiral mentally, and now he's completely lost it." - Stuart "Keemstar" Reilly
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This term describes a depressive state where the person experiencing the downward spiral is getting more and more depressed, perhaps due to causes unknown. It is called a downward spiral because there is no way to stop it, its just going to get worse and worse... until the person crashes, and maybe finds their way back to happiness.
"I don't know what's causing it, but I just want to warn you that I'm on the downward spiral."
"seriously? I hope everything is ok."

or

"I hate my fucking job, my wife is cheating on me, and the only thing keeping me sane is my job with this new startup company that is slowly running out of money for us..."
by the babe July 10, 2005
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1. When somebody goes into a downward state of depression and (maybe) finds their way back up.

2. A Nine Inch Nails album.
1. Ohh, man, i feel like shit today. I think i'm on the downward spiral.

2. I am a big man, yes I am, and i've got a big gun. Got me a big ol' dick and i, i like to have fun.
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the term downward spiral is commonly used to describe depression and/or drug abuse, but can be applied to anything that starts out bad and just gets worse and worse and worse.

a downard spiral is illustrated in the book and movie Requiem For A Dream.

basic plot-

use a drug once
use it again
and again
and again
get an addiction
spend all your money on your addiction
start selling the drug to make money to pay for the addiction
use the drugs for yourself instead of selling them to pay for your own (why you should never sell the drug you do, if you sell at all)
fuck yerself over so badly you die, possibly from overdose, maybe you get shot by a drug dealer, maybe you kill yerself because you realize youve fucked your life over.
person1: i heard some girl died.. what happened?
person2: she was fine, then she got a crush on a guy who did drugs, so she started to do drugs, then became a junkie, then overdosed, and is now six feet under.
person1: oh, thats sad.
person2: just the typical downward spiral. happens all the time...
person1: ...that sucks.
person2: basically. lets go eat ice cream.
person1: deal.
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