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success (n.)

1530年代, “结果, 结果”, 来自拉丁文 successus “一个进步, 一个上来; 一个好的结果, 幸福的结果”, 名词使用 succedere “come after, follow after; go near to; come under; take the place of” 的过去分词, 也有“go from under, mount up, ascend”, 因此“get on well, 繁荣, 胜利”, 来自 sub “next to, after” (见 sub-) + cedere “go, move” (来自PIE根 *ked- “to go, 屈服” ). 意为“完成预期的目的” (good success) 最早记载于1580年代. 意为“成功的事或人”, 特别是在公共场合, 是1882年的.

The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That — with the squalid interpretation put on the word success — is our national disease. [William James to H. G. Wells, Sept. 11, 1906]

Success story 从1902年开始被考证. 在OED报道的法语短语中, 19世纪末在英语中使用的有 succès d'estime “出于尊重而不是欣赏而给予文学作品的亲切接待” 和 succès de scandale “成功(尤其是艺术作品) 取决于其丑恶的性格”.

Origin and meaning of success

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Definitions of success from WordNet

success (n.)
an event that accomplishes its intended purpose;
let's call heads a success and tails a failure
the election was a remarkable success for the Whigs
success (n.)
an attainment that is successful;
his success in the marathon was unexpected
his new play was a great success
success (n.)
a state of prosperity or fame;
he is enjoying great success
he does not consider wealth synonymous with success
success (n.)
a person with a record of successes;
if you want to be a success you have to dress like a success
Synonyms: achiever / winner / succeeder
From wordnet.princeton.edu