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controversy

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noun con·tro·ver·sy \ˈkän-trə-ˌvər-sē, British also kən-ˈträ-vər-sē\

Simple Definition of controversy

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

Full Definition of controversy

plural con·tro·ver·sies

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

  2. 2 :  quarrel, strife

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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