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controvert

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verb con·tro·vert \ˈkän-trə-ˌvərt, ˌkän-trə-ˈ\

Simple Definition of controvert

  • : to say or prove that (something) is untrue

Full Definition of controvert

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to dispute or oppose by reasoning <controvert a point in a discussion>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to engage in controversy

con·tro·vert·er play \-ˌvər-tər, -ˈvər-\ noun
con·tro·vert·ible play \-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>



Origin of controvert

controversy


First Known Use: 1584



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