Definition of controversial in English:

controversial

Syllabification: con·tro·ver·sial
Pronunciation: /ˌkäntrəˈvərSHəl, -ˈvərsēəl
 
/

adjective

  • Giving rise or likely to give rise to public disagreement: years of wrangling over a controversial bypass
    More example sentences
    • Pay hikes awarded to council bosses mirror the highly controversial rises in council tax.
    • Ian Waugh looks at the rise of one of the country's most controversial political figures.
    • The debate over the use of cannabis in medicine is controversial and emotive.
    Synonyms
    contentious, disputed, at issue, disputable, debatable, arguable, vexed, tendentious
    informal hot

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!’

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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