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controvert

[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

Synonyms

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1. refute, rebut.
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Examples from the Web for controverting

Historical Examples

  • 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

controvert

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 controverting

controvert

v.

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

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