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controversy

[ kon-truh-vur-see; British also kuhn-trov-er-see ]
/ ˈkɒn trəˌvɜr si; British also kənˈtrɒv ər si /
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noun, plural con·tro·ver·sies.

a prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; disputation concerning a matter of opinion.
contention, strife, or argument.

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controlling interest, controversal, controversary, controverse, controversial, controversy, controvert, contucci, andrea, contumacious, contumacy, contumelious

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
SYNONYMS FOR controversy
Related formspre·con·tro·ver·sy, noun, plural pre·con·tro·ver·sies.

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2. See argument.
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controversy

/ (ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːsɪ, kənˈtrɒvəsɪ) /

noun plural -sies

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
Derived Formscontroversial (ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːʃəl), adjectivecontroversialism, nouncontroversialist, nouncontroversially, adverb

Word Origin for controversy

C14: from Latin contrōversia, from contrōversus turned in an opposite direction, from contra- + vertere to turn
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