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succès d'estime

[syk-se des-teem] /sük sɛ dɛsˈtim/
French.
1.
success won by reason of merit and critical respect rather than by popularity.
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succès d'estime

/syksɛ dɛstim/
noun (pl) succès d'estime
1.
success, as of a book, play, etc, based on the appreciation of the critics rather than popular acclaim
Word Origin
literally: success of esteem
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