controvert

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

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

controverter

play \ˈkän-trə-ˌvər-tər, ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-\ noun

controvertible

play \ˈkän-trə-ˌvər-tə-bəl, ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-\ adjective

Examples of controvert in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of controvert

controversy


First Known Use: 1563


CONTROVERT Defined for English Language Learners

controvert

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

Definition of controvert for English Language Learners

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up controvert? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to help become familiar with something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • ludwig-richter-spring-has-arrived
  • Which is a synonym of upbraid?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ