noun (plural controversies)
- Disagreement, typically when prolonged, public, and heated: he sometimes caused controversy because of his forceful views the announcement ended a protracted controversyMore 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'.