Definition of succès de scandale in US English:

succès de scandale

noun

  • A success due to notoriety or a thing's scandalous nature.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In spite of its radical nature, Jeux was overshadowed in Diaghilev's Ballets Russes season by the succès de scandale of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring a fortnight later.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A cult hit at London's BAC, containing a reported 8,000 obscenities, it became a succès de scandale after being picked up by the National Theatre, transferring to the West End and finally being broadcast by BBC2.’

Origin

French, literally ‘success of scandal’.

Pronunciation

succès de scandale

/səkˌsā də ˌskänˈdäl/