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controvert

[ kon-truh-vurt, kon-truh-vurt ]
/ ˈkɒn trəˌvɜrt, ˌkɒn trəˈvɜrt /
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Definition of controvert

verb (used with object)
to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
to argue about; debate; discuss.
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Origin of controvert

First recorded in 1600–10; alteration of earlier controverse (from Latin contrōversus; see controversy) with -vert as in advert1, convert1

OTHER WORDS FROM controvert

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH controvert

contravene, controvert
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British Dictionary definitions for controvert

controvert
/ (ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːt, ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːt) /

verb (tr)
to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
to argue or wrangle about

Derived forms of controvert

controverter, nouncontrovertible, adjectivecontrovertibly, adverb

Word Origin for controvert

C17: from Latin contrōversus; see controversy
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