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Meaning of controversy by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin controversia ( “debate, contention, controversy” ), from controversus ( “turned in an opposite direction” ) .


    • ( US, Canada ) IPA: /ˈkɑntɹəˌvɝsi/, /ˈkɑntʃɹəˌvɝsi/, X-SAMPA: /"kAntr\@%v3`si/
    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈkɒntrəvəːsi ( most common );[1][2][3][4] IPA: /kənˈtɹɒvəsi/ ( older, less common ), X-SAMPA: /k@n"tr\Qv@si/


    controversy ( plural: controversies )

    1. A debate, discussion of opposing opinions; strife.


    • See also Wikisaurus:dispute

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    1. ^ [1]
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    External links

    • controversy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • controversy in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of controversy by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a contentious speech act

    Definition of controversy by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Controversy n.; pl. Controversies [L. controversia, fr. controversus turned against, disputed; contro- = contra + versus, p. p. of vertere to turn. See Verse.]
      1. Contention; dispute; debate; discussion; agitation of contrary opinions.

      This left no room for controversy about the title. Locke.

      A dispute is commonly oral, and a controversy in writing. Johnson.

      2. Quarrel; strife; cause of variance; difference.

      The Lord hath a controversy with the nations. Jer. xxv. 31.

      3. A suit in law or equity; a question of right. [Obs.]

      When any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment. 2 Sam. xv. 2.

      Syn. -- Dispute; debate; disputation; disagreement; altercation; contention; wrangle; strife; quarrel.