Definition of controversy in English:


Line breaks: con¦tro|versy
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒntrəvəːsi
, kənˈtrɒvəsi

noun (plural controversies)

[mass noun]


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


There are two possible pronunciations of the word controversy: one puts the stress on the con- and the other puts it on the -trov-. The second pronunciation, though common, is still widely held to be incorrect in standard English.

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