- to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
- to argue about; debate; discuss.
Origin of controvert
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1. refute, rebut.
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Examples from the Web for controverting
The vixen falls into a hole which she does not see, so bent is she on controverting her husband.Russian Fairy Tales
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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
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.
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