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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
جِدال، مُناظَرَه
debatakontroverzespor
kontroversstrid
kiistasanaharkka
kontroverzakontroverzija
deila; òræta
diskusinispolemikapolemiškaipolemiškas
polemikastrīds
kontroverzia
spor

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
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