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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 ?
A CONTROVERSY prevailed among the beasts of the field as to which of the animals deserved the most credit for producing the greatest number of whelps at a birth.
There is much controversy about the delivering up of fugitives from service or labor.
And should any one in any case be content that his oath shall go unkept on a merely unsubstantial controversy as to HOW it shall be kept?
Naturally unwilling to confine himself to a private sphere, he soon engaged in a prose controversy supporting the Puritan view against the Episcopal form of church government, that is against the office of bishops.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
This saved me a great deal of heated controversy with my contemporaries, but I had it out in many angry reveries with Dr.
The publication of "The Shame of the Sun" had started a controversy and precipitated the landslide in his favor.
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.
It has been the prudent policy of Congress to appease this controversy, by prevailing upon the States to make cessions to the United States for the benefit of the whole.
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.
He suddenly left the cabin, and I heard him in violent controversy with some one, who seemed to me to talk gibberish in response to him.
Begbie, the gardener, waiting outside to continue the dog-rose controversy with Sergeant Cuff.