Examples of controversy in a Sentence
The decision aroused much controversy among the students.
The new movie is a subject of controversy.
There is controversy surrounding the team's decision to trade the star pitcher.
The controversy is over whether he should be fired or not.
A controversy arose over the new law.
Recent Examples of controversy from the Web
The 56-year-old comic has faced controversies before for her abrasive humor, but none as widespread as the one generated by Tuesday’s images.
But even in this era, school baths generated controversy and dissent.
Read more about the school's rebranding here and more about the controversy here.
Russia reveled in the controversy around Trump’s shove.
The controversy lasted for decades as the city fought the torture claims.
And the PGA kept it there, shrugging off the controversies surrounding Trump’s campaign and his young presidency.
Fred Smith Jr., a constitutional scholar and assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, said the controversy was a reminder of the bipartisan nature of the outcry over free-speech issues.
Meanwhile, Colbert is showing no signs of backing down, most recently causing controversy with a crude Trump joke.
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Origin and Etymology 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: 15th century
CONTROVERSY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of controversy for English Language Learners
: argument that involves many people who strongly disagree about something : strong disagreement about something among a large group of people
CONTROVERSY Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of controversy
1 : a state of dispute or disagreement suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars — U.S. Constitution amend. VII
2 : a civil action involving a real and immediate dispute between parties with adverse interests
controversial\ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-shəl, -ˈvər-sē-əl\ play adjective
Additional Notes on controversy
Article III of the U.S. Constitution gives the judiciary the power to decide cases and controversies. Article III's limitation of the judicial power to cases or controversies requires that an action brought in the federal court involve parties with standing to sue and questions that are ripe and not moot.
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