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controversy Syllabification: con·tro·ver·sy
Pronunciation: /ˈkäntrəˌvərsē/

Definition of controversy in English:

noun (plural controversies)

Disagreement, typically when prolonged, public, and heated: he sometimes caused controversy because of his forceful views the announcement ended a protracted controversy
More example sentences
  • He will knowingly enter a mild scuffle of controversy not of his own making.
  • A storm of controversy continues to rage over changes to bus services in Colchester.
  • Then the police were subject to a storm of political conflict and controversy.


Late Middle English: from Latin controversia, from controversus 'turned against, disputed', from contro- (variant of contra- 'against') + versus, past participle of vertere 'to turn'.

  • This is from Latin controversia, from controversus ‘turned against, disputed’.

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