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succès de scandale

[syk-seduh skahn-dal] /sük sɛdə skɑ̃ˈdal/
noun, French.
success won by reason of topical, usually scandalous, subject matter rather than by merit and critical respect. Unabridged
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succès de scandale

/syksɛ də skɑ̃dal/
noun (pl) succès de scandale
success of a play, book, etc, because of notoriety or its scandalous character
Word Origin
literally: success of scandal
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