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 (kŏn′trə-vûr′shəl, -sē-əl)
1. Of, producing, or marked by controversy: a controversial movie; a controversial stand on human rights.
2. Fond of controversy; disputatious.

con′tro·ver′sial·ist n.
con′tro·ver′si·al′i·ty (-shē-ăl′ĭ-tē, -sē-) n.
con′tro·ver′sial·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.controversialist - a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
contester - someone who contests an outcome (of a race or an election etc.)
accuser - someone who imputes guilt or blame
arguer, debater - someone who engages in debate
denier - one who denies
hairsplitter - a disputant who makes unreasonably fine distinctions
logomach, logomachist - someone given to disputes over words
obstructer, obstructionist, obstructor, resister, thwarter - someone who systematically obstructs some action that others want to take
quarreler, quarreller - a disputant who quarrels
crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer - a disputant who advocates reform
References in classic literature ?
The vicar of their pleasant rural parish was not a controversialist, but a good hand at whist, and one who had a joke always ready for a blooming female parishioner.
In 1526 William Tyndale, a zealous Protestant controversialist then in exile in Germany, published an excellent English translation of the New Testament.
controversialists who are more concerned to deprive the world of
They are like two controversialists hurling words at one another.
Chesterton set the whole world laughing with a series of alleged non-partisan essays on the subject, and the whole affair, controversy and controversialists, was well-nigh swept into the pit by a thundering broadside from George Bernard Shaw.
Antonio Contreras: Unashamed and unapologetic,' by Cody Cepeda and Wilhelm Tan - a feature on the academic controversialist and Bongbong Marcos supporter who burst into the national scene with a fervent but innumerate analysis of alleged election cheating.
Sermons by the local Calvinist militants Robert Bolton and Joseph Bentham, the moderate Puritan Edward Reynolds, and the Arminian conformist Peter Hausted are read alongside the spiritual diary of the Northampton steward Robert Woodford, the devotional confessions of the godly Elizabeth Isham, and the unpublished letters of the Laudian controversialist Robert Sibthorpe.
In order to draw attention, then, the so-called controversialist must put these received opinions in a ruder, more priggish manner than his or her more mainstream counterparts do.
We find useful depictions of Illich in action at key moments in his Latin American career: his early transformative immersion in Puerto Rican life (15-17); Illich articulating a spirituality of Christian mission (18-19, 45, 149-50); Illich the intercultural educator (17-19, 35-44); Illich the controversialist (74-92); Illich the dean of a "free university" in Cuernavaca (113-22, 135-37); and Illich the social science researcher, who remained a missionary at heart as he sought to identify the dynamics of change in the modern West (145-57).
But Mr Farage's speech was in danger of being overshadowed by professional controversialist Katie Hopkins's claim that the photo of three year-old Aylan Kurdi, who drowned with his mother and brother trying to cross from Turkey to Greece by boat, had been "staged".
Williams, ever the controversialist, even at his advanced age, penned "A Brief Reply" around 1680 as a point-by-point rebuttal to Eliot's case for infant baptism and its role in Eliot's evangelization of Native Americans.
His reputation as a teacher and controversialist is beyond dispute, his celebrated affair with the irresistibly larger-than-life Heloise has been the subject of much spilled ink, and the elusive life of their oddly named son Astralabe, are matters of common knowledge.