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.

Nearby words

  1. controlling image,
  2. controlling interest,
  3. controversal,
  4. controversary,
  5. controverse,
  6. controversy,
  7. controvert,
  8. contucci, andrea,
  9. contumacious,
  10. contumacy

Origin of controversial

1575–85; < Late Latin contrōversiālis, equivalent to Latin contrōversi(a) controversy + -ālis -al1

SYNONYMS FOR controversial
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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