What does controversy mean?

Definitions for controversy
ˈkɒn trəˌvɜr si; Brit. also kənˈtrɒv ər sicon·tro·ver·sy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. controversy, contention, contestation, disputation, disceptation, tilt, argument, arguingnoun

    a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement

    "they were involved in a violent argument"

Wiktionary

  1. controversynoun

    A debate, discussion of opposing opinions; strife.

  2. Etymology: From controversia, from controversus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Controversynoun

    contention; dispute; debate; discussion; agitation of contrary opinions

  2. Controversynoun

    quarrel; strife; cause of variance; difference

  3. Controversynoun

    a suit in law or equity; a question of right

Freebase

  1. Controversy

    Controversy is a state of prolonged public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter of conflicting opinion or point of view. The word was coined from the Latin controversia, as a composite of controversus – "turned in an opposite direction," from contra – "against" – and vertere – to turn, or versus, hence, "to turn against." The most applicable or well known controversial subjects, topics or areas are politics, religion and sex. Other areas of controversy include history and philosophy. Other minor yet prominent areas of controversy are economics, science, finances, culture, education, the military, society, celebrities, organisation, the media, age, gender, and race. Controversy in matters of theology has traditionally been particularly heated, giving rise to the phrase odium theologicum. Controversial issues are held as potentially divisive in a given society, because they can lead to tension and ill will, as a result they are often taboo to be discussed in the light of company in many cultures.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'controversy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4536

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'controversy' in Nouns Frequency: #1762

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of controversy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of controversy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of controversy in a Sentence

  1. Bob Jones:

    I take personal ownership of this inflammatory rhetoric, this reckless statement was made in the heat of a political controversy 35 years ago.

  2. Kathleen Page:

    There is controversy surrounding the use of artificial sweeteners because a lot of people are using them for weight loss, while some studies suggest they may be helpful, others show they may be contributing to weight gain, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders. Our study looked at different population groups to tease out some of the reasons behind those conflicting results.

  3. Nancy Pelosi:

    We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it – away from the fog of the controversy.

  4. Lee Sang-hoon:

    I give my word here today that from now on, there will be no more controversy regarding succession, i do not plan to pass down my role to my children. This is something I have thought about for a long time but have been hesitant to express it openly.

  5. Onna Moniz-John:

    He's no longer about dancing, he's become too associated with negativity and controversy. He's almost a poster child.

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    • A. lank
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    • C. usurious
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