succès de scandale

noun
suc·​cès de scan·​dale | \sək-ˌsā-də-skäⁿ-ˈdäl, (ˌ)sük-\

Definition of succès de scandale 

: something (such as a work of art) that wins popularity or notoriety because of its scandalous nature also : the reception accorded such a piece

First Known Use of succès de scandale

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for succès de scandale

French, literally, success of scandal

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