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[kon-truh-vurt, kon-truh-vurt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
  2. to argue about; debate; discuss.
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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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1. refute, rebut.
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Examples from the Web for controverted

Historical Examples

  • This position cannot be controverted as regards the ancient religions.

    Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries

    Annie Besant

  • They cannot be controverted; nothing can overturn them, or modify them, or set them aside.

    The Lighthouse

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The deductions drawn from these experiments are not to be controverted or denied.

  • Controverted the Aristotelians concerning falling bodies, at Pisa.

  • It is not expressly given in cases in which its existence is not controverted.

British Dictionary definitions for controverted


verb (tr)
  1. to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
  2. to argue or wrangle about
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Derived Formscontroverter, nouncontrovertible, adjectivecontrovertibly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin contrōversus; see controversy
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Word Origin and History for controverted



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

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