Definition of succès de scandale in English:

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succès de scandale

Pronunciation: /sʊkˌseɪ də skɒnˈdɑːl/
/syksɛ də skɑ̃dal/

noun

A success due to notoriety or a thing’s scandalous nature: in France the book had quite a succès de scandale
More example sentences
  • You begin with a couple of splashy outrages that create a succès de scandale, and get the sensation hunters, the phonies, and the sheep - a goodly part of the audience - salivating about you.
  • He and I devised a gameshow satire. It was a succès de scandale and it caused the most tremendous fuss.
  • The habit came to a titillating head at the College of Architecture, University of Houston, when, in a succès de scandale, he shamelessly copied plans by eighteenth-century architect Claude Nicolas Ledoux.

Origin

French, literally 'success of scandal'.

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