- of, relating to, or characteristic of controversy, or prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; polemical: a controversial book.
- subject to controversy; debatable: a controversial decision.
- given to controversy; argumentative; disputatious: a controversial public figure.
Origin of controversial
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2. arguable, questionable.
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Examples from the Web for controversialist
All his powers as an orator, a controversialist, an educator were directed to this object.A History of French Literature
But the truth is, that long before this Pascal had warmed to his work as a controversialist.Pascal
He was himself a man of distinction as preacher, poet, and controversialist.Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters
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He was now a man of mark, because of his ability as a controversialist.
Ignatius was no controversialist; and the Moor rode off victorious.
Word Origin and History for controversialist
1580s, from Late Latin controversialis "pertaining to controversy," from Latin controversia (see controversy).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper