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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
References in classic literature ?
Her most intimate friend at school had been one of rather exceptional intellectual gifts, who wrote fine-sounding essays, which Edna admired and strove to imitate; and with her she talked and glowed over the English classics, and sometimes held religious and political controversies.
I have had controversies about it with experienced whalemen afloat, and learned naturalists ashore.
They had resided in a city, the seat of a university, where the polemical and political controversies of the time were pursued with uncommon fervor.
All the vital rights of minorities and of individuals are so plainly assured to them by affirmations and negations, guaranties and prohibitions, in the Constitution, that controversies never arise concerning them.
But I resolved by no means to consent to their publication during my lifetime, lest either the oppositions or the controversies to which they might give rise, or even the reputation, such as it might be, which they would acquire for me, should be any occasion of my losing the time that I had set apart for my own improvement.
But you know how the theologians in their collegiate chairs, and philosophers in their controversies, occasionally say cruel truths; let us suppose for the moment that we are theologizing in a social way, or even philosophically, and I will say to you, rude as it may seem, `My brother, you sacrifice greatly to pride; you may be above others, but above you there is God.
this paragraph refers to controversies, before the French "July Revolution" of 1830, between rightist ("cote droit" = right side) legitimists, who read the official "Moniteur" newspaper and supported the absolutist Bourbon monarchy of King Charles X, and leftist ("cote gauche" = left side) liberals, who read "Le Temps" and argued for reform or revolution; "nothing good could come of Nazareth" = from the Bible, John, I, 46: "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth"}
The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;--to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;--to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;--to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;--to Controversies between two or more States;--between a State and Citizens of another State;--between Citizens of different States; --between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.
It establisheth faith; it kindleth charity; the outward peace of the church, distilleth into peace of conscience; and it turneth the labors of writing, and reading of controversies, into treaties of mortification and devotion.
Paul; and round it raged the most vital controversies about the ancient British Church.
He never left any chance for newspaper controversies about who won the battle.
I have given a judgment for the residuary legatee under the will," said the Court, "put the costs upon the contestants, decided all questions relating to fees and other charges; and, in short, the estate in litigation has been settled, with all controversies, disputes, misunderstandings, and differences of opinion thereunto appertaining.