Definition of controversial in English:

controversial

Line breaks: con¦tro|ver¦sial
Pronunciation: /kɒntrəˈvəːʃ(ə)l
 
/

adjective

Derivatives

controversialist

noun
More example sentences
  • Yet neither public policymakers nor the controversialists who harass them can reasonably expect to enter a new year without making some kind of assessment of what the next 12 months may hold.
  • There is something about the Hitchens family that breeds controversialists with deft pens.
  • Of course I'm a professional controversialist but, once my copy is filed, I'm invariably the person at any gathering murmuring, ‘Oh, let's just agree to disagree!’

controversiality

noun

controversially

adverb
More example sentences
  • I agree with Kitty completely on that and I would go one stage further and perhaps a little more controversially.
  • Finally, and potentially most controversially, there was the question of where to locate the statue.
  • Perhaps most controversially the report found that many of the girls are willing participants in the exercise.

Origin

late 16th century: from late Latin controversialis, from controversia (see controversy).

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