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.
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British Dictionary definitions for succes de scandale

succès de scandale

/ French (syksɛ də skɑ̃dal) /

noun plural succès de scandale

success of a play, book, etc, because of notoriety or its scandalous character

Word Origin for succès de scandale

literally: success of scandal
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