[kon-truh-vurt, kon-truh-vurt]

verb (used with object)

to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
to argue about; debate; discuss.

Nearby words

  1. controversal,
  2. controversary,
  3. controverse,
  4. controversial,
  5. controversy,
  6. contucci, andrea,
  7. contumacious,
  8. contumacy,
  9. contumelious,
  10. contumely

Origin of controvert

1600–10; alteration of earlier controverse (< Latin contrōversus; see controversy) with -vert from advert1, convert1, etc.

Related forms
Can be confusedcontravene controvert Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for controvert


verb (tr)

to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
to argue or wrangle about
Derived Formscontroverter, nouncontrovertible, adjectivecontrovertibly, adverb

Word Origin for controvert

C17: from Latin contrōversus; see controversy

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Word Origin and History for controvert



c.1600, probably a back-formation from controversy. Related: Controverted; controverting; controvertible.

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