- to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
- to argue about; debate; discuss.
Origin of controvert
Synonyms for controvert
Related Words for controvertingconfound, deny, refute, oppugn, contradict, challenge, counter, question, wrangle, break, confute, disprove, contest, debate, rebut, discuss, dispute, disconfirm
Examples from the Web for controverting
Historical Examples of controverting
The vixen falls into a hole which she does not see, so bent is she on controverting her husband.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
There was no controverting this opinion, so we continued our journey.Hurricane Hurry
We have no need to spend time in controverting this position.
The only upholder of the hat was Annie Cassidy, who is fond of controverting the opinions of other people, and who despises men.Strangers at Lisconnel
There sounded from somewhere in the house a shrill little cry, arresting his thought, and controverting it without a syllable.The Whirlpool
- to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
- to argue or wrangle about
Word Origin for controvert
Word Origin and History for controverting
c.1600, probably a back-formation from controversy. Related: Controverted; controverting; controvertible.