controversy


con·tro·ver·sy

noun \ˈkän-trə-ˌvər-sē, British also kən-ˈträ-vər-sē\

: argument that involves many people who strongly disagree about something : strong disagreement about something among a large group of people

plural con·tro·ver·sies

Full Definition of CONTROVERSY

1
:  a discussion marked especially by the expression of opposing views :  dispute
2

Examples of CONTROVERSY

  1. The decision aroused much controversy among the students.
  2. The new movie is a subject of controversy.
  3. There is controversy surrounding the team's decision to trade the star pitcher.
  4. The controversy is over whether he should be fired or not.
  5. A controversy arose over the new law.

Origin of CONTROVERSY

Middle English controversie, from Anglo-French, from Latin controversia, from controversus disputable, literally, turned against, from contro- (akin to contra-) + versus, past participle of vertere to turn — more at worth
First Known Use: 14th century

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