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con·tro·ver·sy

 (kŏn′trə-vûr′sē)
n. pl. con·tro·ver·sies
1. A dispute, especially a public one, between sides holding opposing views.
2. The act or practice of engaging in such disputes: writers skilled at controversy.

[Middle English controversie, from Latin contrōversia, from contrōversus, disputed : contrō- (variant of contrā, contra-) + versus, past participle of vertere, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

controversy

(ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːsɪ; kənˈtrɒvəsɪ)
n, pl -sies
dispute, argument, or debate, esp one concerning a matter about which there is strong disagreement and esp one carried on in public or in the press
[C14: from Latin contrōversia, from contrōversus turned in an opposite direction, from contra- + vertere to turn]
controversial adj
ˌcontroˈversialˌism n
ˌcontroˈversialist n
ˌcontroˈversially adv

con•tro•ver•sy

(ˈkɒn trəˌvɜr si; Brit. also kənˈtrɒv ər si)

n., pl. -sies.
1. a public dispute concerning a matter of opinion.
2. contention, strife, or argument.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrōversia=contrōvers(us) turned against, disputed (contrō-, variant of contrā against, + versus, past participle of vertere to turn) + -ia -y3]
syn: See argument.
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Noun1.controversy - a contentious speech actcontroversy - a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
difference of opinion, dispute, difference, conflict - a disagreement or argument about something important; "he had a dispute with his wife"; "there were irreconcilable differences"; "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
argle-bargle, argy-bargy - a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument
firestorm - an outburst of controversy; "the incident triggered a political firestorm"
sparring - an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage
polemic - a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
fight - an intense verbal dispute; "a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate"

controversy

noun argument, debate, row, discussion, dispute, contention, quarrel, squabble, strife, wrangle, wrangling, polemic, altercation, dissension The proposed cuts have caused considerable controversy.

controversy

noun
A discussion, often heated, in which a difference of opinion is expressed:
Informal: hassle, rhubarb, tangle.
Translations

controversy

[kɒnˈtrɒvəsɪ] Ncontroversia f, polémica f; (= debate) → polémica f
there was a lot of controversy about ithubo mucha controversia or polémica en torno a eso
to cause controversyocasionar controversia or polémica

controversy

[ˈkɒntrəvɜːrsi kənˈtrɒvərsi] ncontroverse f, polémique f

controversy

nKontroversen pl, → Streit m; there was a lot of controversy about ites gab deswegen große Kontroversen or Differenzen; to lead to controversyAnlass zu Kontroversen geben; statements/facts that are beyond controversyvöllig unumstrittene Behauptungen/Tatsachen

controversy

[kənˈtrɒvəsɪ] ncontroversia, polemica
it has caused a lot of controversy → ha causato molte polemiche

controversy

(kənˈtrovəsi) , (ˈkontrəvəːsi) plural controversies noun
(an) argument between opposing points of view. the controversy over the appointment of the new chairman.
controversial (kontrəˈvəːʃəl) adjective
causing controversy. His new book is very controversial.
ˌcontroˈversially adverb
References in classic literature ?
Magua seemed also content to rest the controversy as well as all further communication there, for he resumed the leaning attitude against the rock from which, in momentary energy, he had arisen.
What greatly strengthens such a suspicion is the fact that this controversy between two ill-matched antagonists --at a period, moreover, laud it as we may, when personal influence had far more weight than now--remained for years undecided, and came to a close only with the death of the party occupying the disputed soil.
The citizen bids for a few turns, contemptuously measuring his opponent; but the bullet-head has the advantage over him, both in obstinacy and concealed length of purse, and the controversy lasts but a moment; the hammer falls,--he has got the girl, body and soul, unless God help her!
The advocates of the tinder-box-and-pedlar view considered the other side a muddle-headed and credulous set, who, because they themselves were wall-eyed, supposed everybody else to have the same blank outlook; and the adherents of the inexplicable more than hinted that their antagonists were animals inclined to crow before they had found any corn--mere skimming-dishes in point of depth--whose clear-sightedness consisted in supposing there was nothing behind a barn-door because they couldn't see through it; so that, though their controversy did not serve to elicit the fact concerning the robbery, it elicited some true opinions of collateral importance.
and I a crazed fool; but, uncle Cedric, and cousin Athelstane, the fool shall decide this controversy for ye, and save ye the trouble of straining courtesies any farther.
Upon the whole, the controversy seems of no great importance to those who believe the Holy Scriptures sufficient to teach the way of salvation, but of whatever moment it may be thought, there are not proofs sufficient to decide it.
Twenty years later, the subject was more industriously sifted, and for half a century became one of the principal topics of controversy between the ablest and most enlightened men in the nation.
There is much controversy about the delivering up of fugitives from service or labor.
Sancho insisted that it was an inn, and his master that it was not one, but a castle, and the dispute lasted so long that before the point was settled they had time to reach it, and into it Sancho entered with all his team without any further controversy.
And I thought that it was easy for me to select some matters which should neither be obnoxious to much controversy, nor should compel me to expound more of my principles than I desired, and which should yet be sufficient clearly to exhibit what I can or cannot accomplish in the sciences.
This circumstance, if duly attended to, would furnish a lesson of moderation to those who are ever so much persuaded of their being in the right in any controversy.
Sense, perception, judgment, desire, volition, memory, imagination, are found to be separated by such delicate shades and minute gradations that their boundaries have eluded the most subtle investigations, and remain a pregnant source of ingenious disquisition and controversy.