noun (plural controversies)
- 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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