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controversy

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1 an often noisy or angry expression of differing opinions
  • the seemingly imperishable controversy over the teaching of evolution

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2 variance of opinion on a matter
  • there is considerable controversy regarding the assassination of President Kennedy

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“Controversy.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/controversy. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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