verb \ˈkän-trə-ˌvərt, ˌkän-trə-ˈ\

: to say or prove that (something) is untrue

Full Definition of CONTROVERT

transitive verb
:  to dispute or oppose by reasoning <controvert a point in a discussion>
intransitive verb
:  to engage in controversy
con·tro·vert·er \-ˌvər-tər, -ˈvər-\ noun
con·tro·vert·ible \-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of CONTROVERT

  1. The attorney offered evidence that controverted the plaintiff's allegations.
  2. <ever since the poem was first published, critics and scholars have controverted over the meaning of its concluding lines>


First Known Use: 1584


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