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

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

Synonyms for controvert Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • 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.

  • There sounded from somewhere in the house a shrill little cry, arresting his thought, and controverting it without a syllable.

    The Whirlpool

    George Gissing

British Dictionary definitions for controverting


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 controverting



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper