controvert

[kon-truh-vurt, kon-truh-vurt]
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Origin of controvert

1600–10; alteration of earlier controverse (< Latin contrōversus; see controversy) with -vert from advert1, convert1, etc.
Related formscon·tro·vert·er, con·tro·vert·ist, nouncon·tro·vert·i·ble, adjectivecon·tro·vert·i·bly, adverbun·con·tro·vert·ed, adjectiveun·con·tro·vert·ed·ly, adverbun·con·tro·vert·i·ble, adjectiveun·con·tro·vert·i·bly, adverb
Can be confusedcontravene controvert

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Historical Examples of controvert

  • That you know your duty, and will not offer to controvert his will?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Moreover, there are few now remaining who of their own memory could controvert or correct me.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • He says it is purely speculative, but he does not controvert it.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor

  • My short residence at Castlebar did not tend to controvert these impressions.

  • This different suggestion Jabe did not take the trouble to controvert.

    The House in the Water

    Charles G. D. Roberts


British Dictionary definitions for controvert

controvert

verb (tr)
  1. to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
  2. 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
v.

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

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