What does controversial mean?

Definitions for controversialˌkɒn trəˈvɜr ʃəl, -si əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word controversial.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. controversial(adj)

    marked by or capable of arousing controversy

    "the issue of the death penalty is highly controversial"; "Rushdie's controversial book"; "a controversial decision on affirmative action"


  1. controversial(Adjective)

    Arousing controversyu2014a debate or discussion of opposing opinions.

  2. Origin: From controversia + -al; see controversy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Controversial(adj)

    relating to, or consisting of, controversy; disputatious; polemical; as, controversial divinity

  2. Origin: [Cf. LL. controversialis.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'controversial' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4266

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'controversial' in Adjectives Frequency: #571


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of controversial in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of controversial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors.

  2. Cullen Hightower:

    There are people who can talk sensibly about a controversial issue they're called humorists.

  3. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    If an individual wants to be a leader and isn't controversial, that means he never stood for anything.

  4. Fran Lebowitz:

    The controversial overachiever is someone whose grasp exceeds his reach. This is possible but not attractive.

  5. Michael Wood:

    It may be controversial but only if you simply extract the swearing and drugs and stuff from the context, it could well be that it's not so controversial.

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