[kon-truh-vur-see; British also kuh n-trov-er-see]
- a prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; disputation concerning a matter of opinion.
- contention, strife, or argument.
Origin of controversy
1350–1400; Middle English controversie (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrōversia, equivalent to contrōvers(us) turned against, disputed (contrō-, variant of contrā against, + versus, past participle of vertere to turn) + -ia -y3
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1. disagreement, altercation. 2. quarrel, wrangle.
2. See argument.
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Examples from the Web for controversy
As the controversy unfurled late Monday, it created some odd bedfellows.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference
December 30, 2014
“You might as well punch yourself in the face,” he says when asked if he read about any of the controversy.New ‘Late Late Show’ Host James Corden Would Like to Manage Your Expectations
December 18, 2014
But now, the controversy surrounding the political satire has gotten serious.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview’
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And there is no doubt, too, that its legacy will be marred by the controversy it stirred, both on and off screen.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble
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These stables had been a subject of controversy for some time.Viviette
William J. Locke
The copies of Hearts of Controversy were lying where he had left them on the previous night.
A month after his return to London, Hearts of Controversy was published.
The origin of these turf monuments is still a matter of controversy.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
The field of controversy will never be won by their molecular "Hessians."Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
- dispute, argument, or debate, esp one concerning a matter about which there is strong disagreement and esp one carried on in public or in the press
C14: from Latin contrōversia, from contrōversus turned in an opposite direction, from contra- + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for controversy
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