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 (kŏn′trə-vûrt′, kŏn′trə-vûrt′)
tr.v. con·tro·vert·ed, con·tro·vert·ing, con·tro·verts
To raise arguments against; voice opposition to.

[Back-formation from controversy.]

con′tro·vert′i·ble adj.


(ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːt; ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːt)
vb (tr)
1. to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
2. to argue or wrangle about
[C17: from Latin contrōversus; see controversy]
ˈcontroˌverter n
ˌcontroˈvertible adj
ˌcontroˈvertibly adv


(ˈkɒn trəˌvɜrt, ˌkɒn trəˈvɜrt)

v.t. -vert•ed, -vert•ing.
1. to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
2. to argue about; debate; discuss.
[1600–10; alter. of earlier controverse (< Latin contrōversus; see controversy) with -vert from advert1, convert, etc.]
con′tro•vert`er, n.
con`tro•vert′i•ble, adj.
con`tro•vert′i•bly, adv.


Past participle: controverted
Gerund: controverting

I controvert
you controvert
he/she/it controverts
we controvert
you controvert
they controvert
I controverted
you controverted
he/she/it controverted
we controverted
you controverted
they controverted
Present Continuous
I am controverting
you are controverting
he/she/it is controverting
we are controverting
you are controverting
they are controverting
Present Perfect
I have controverted
you have controverted
he/she/it has controverted
we have controverted
you have controverted
they have controverted
Past Continuous
I was controverting
you were controverting
he/she/it was controverting
we were controverting
you were controverting
they were controverting
Past Perfect
I had controverted
you had controverted
he/she/it had controverted
we had controverted
you had controverted
they had controverted
I will controvert
you will controvert
he/she/it will controvert
we will controvert
you will controvert
they will controvert
Future Perfect
I will have controverted
you will have controverted
he/she/it will have controverted
we will have controverted
you will have controverted
they will have controverted
Future Continuous
I will be controverting
you will be controverting
he/she/it will be controverting
we will be controverting
you will be controverting
they will be controverting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been controverting
you have been controverting
he/she/it has been controverting
we have been controverting
you have been controverting
they have been controverting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been controverting
you will have been controverting
he/she/it will have been controverting
we will have been controverting
you will have been controverting
they will have been controverting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been controverting
you had been controverting
he/she/it had been controverting
we had been controverting
you had been controverting
they had been controverting
I would controvert
you would controvert
he/she/it would controvert
we would controvert
you would controvert
they would controvert
Past Conditional
I would have controverted
you would have controverted
he/she/it would have controverted
we would have controverted
you would have controverted
they would have controverted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.controvert - be resistant to; "The board opposed his motion"
rebut, refute - overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof; "The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments"
negative, veto, blackball - vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent; "The President vetoed the bill"
dissent, protest, resist - express opposition through action or words; "dissent to the laws of the country"
2.controvert - prove to be false or incorrect
confute, disprove - prove to be false; "The physicist disproved his colleagues' theories"


To refuse to admit the truth, reality, value, or worth of:
Law: traverse.


[ˈkɒntrəvɜːt] VTcontradecir


vt (form)anfechten, bestreiten
References in classic literature ?
His posture--flat upon his back, with his hands crossed upon his stomach and tied with something that he easily broke without profitably altering the situation--the strict confinement of his entire person, the black darkness and profound silence, made a body of evidence impossible to controvert and he accepted it without cavil.
Meserve complacently; a remark which there seemed no disposition on the part of any of the company to controvert.
For all thou dost and hast done to blight and curse the nobleness of his nature, I have done and shall continue to do all in my power to controvert. As thou hast been his bad angel, so shall I try to be his good angel, and when all is said and done and Norman of Torn swings from the King's gibbet, as I only too well fear he must, there will be more to mourn his loss than there be to curse him.
"Madam," cries Sophia, "I have never presumed to controvert any opinion of yours; and this subject, as I said, I have never yet thought of, and perhaps never may."
I shall have to controvert one or two ideas that are almost universally accepted.
"A bank-robber, and what you call a murderer, likewise, has his rights, which men of enlightened humanity and conscience should regard in so much the more liberal spirit, because the bulk of society is prone to controvert their existence.
"I have a witness to the fact, whose testimony even you, sir, will scarcely controvert."
“Yes, must,” repeated the youth; when, turning his head proudly around him, as if to see who would dare to controvert his rights, he met the astonished gaze of Elizabeth, and proceeded more mildly: “That is, if a man is allowed the possession of that which his hand hath killed.
Nobody attempting to controvert this position, he took a small brown-paper parcel out of his hat, and putting on a pair of horn spectacles (the writing being crabbed) read the direction half-a-dozen times over; having done which, he consigned the parcel to its old place, put up his spectacles again, and stared at everybody in turn.
I did not venture to controvert this opinion, but I made a good supper, which it greatly satisfied her to see me do.
The one is, when the matter of the point controverted, is too small and light, not worth the heat and strife about it, kindled only by contradiction.
These pleadings, and the counter pleadings, being duly heard, the very learned judge in set terms decided, to wit, --That as for the boat, he awarded it to the plaintiffs, because they had merely abandoned it to save their lives; but that with regard to the controverted whale, harpoons, and line, they belonged to the defendants; the whale, because it was a Loose-Fish at the time of the final capture; and the harpoons and line because when the fish made off with them, it (the fish) acquired a property in those articles; and hence anybody who afterwards took the fish had a right to them.