controversy

[ kon-truh-vur-see; British also kuhn-trov-er-see ]
/ ˈkɒn trəˌvɜr si; British also kənˈtrɒv ər si /

noun, plural con·tro·ver·sies.

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

Related forms

pre·con·tro·ver·sy, noun, plural pre·con·tro·ver·sies.

Synonym study

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 Forms

controversial (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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