a prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; disputation concerning a matter of opinion.
contention, strife, or argument.
- pre·con·tro·ver·sy, noun, plural pre·con·tro·ver·sies.
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How to use controversy in a sentence
Alexander has run into controversy in recent days for pressuring scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The Trump administration’s politicization of coronavirus comes to a head | Aaron Blake | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
Concerns among Democrats on the committee grew after the NLRB issued an unusual report on its recusal process last November, spurred by the earlier controversy around Hy-Brand.“Cover Up”: House Democrats Subpoena Documents That NLRB Refused to Share in Ethics Investigation | by Ian MacDougall | September 15, 2020 | ProPublica
The live-action epic, which has also been embroiled in controversy over its filming location, is not playing in North American theaters.The North American box office isn’t bouncing back that fast | radmarya | September 14, 2020 | Fortune
The controversy it has generated since details from the book were first published this week will likely fuel more sales.Bob Woodward’s book proves Americans still want to read about Trump | Karen Ho | September 11, 2020 | Quartz
The list of 2020 James Beard nominees also included the names of some chefs who have recently faced controversy and criticism, which, according to the foundation’s rules of eligibility, could disqualify them from winning.The Mess That Is the 2020 James Beard Awards, Explained | Elazar Sontag | September 11, 2020 | Eater
Their claims have led to both academic controversy and localized conflict.
“We would just as soon stay away from a group that will create controversy,” the Cubs general manager Sam Bernabe told the paper.
The role of private investigators has stirred controversy in the investigation.U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years | Shane Harris | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
As the controversy unfurled late Monday, it created some odd bedfellows.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference | Tim Mak | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Interview, which caused so much controversy, was never intended for release in South Korean cinemas.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea | Rich Goldstein | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A furious controversy concerning this picture had arisen among art critics.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
A burning controversy between the Averroists and the orthodox schoolmen.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II) | Henry Osborn Taylor
You will grant that the individual in the controversy would likely be able to judge more correctly with regard to values?The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
There is much controversy as to whether stop-keys will eventually displace the older fashioned draw-knobs.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
What action will have this effect is a fact to be proved whenever the controversy arises.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for controversy
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
- controversial (ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːʃəl), adjective
- controversialism, noun
- controversialist, noun
- controversially, adverb
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