controversy, contention, contestation, disputation, disceptation, tilt, argument, arguing(noun)
a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
"they were involved in a violent argument"
A debate, discussion of opposing opinions; strife.
Etymology: From controversia, from controversus.
contention; dispute; debate; discussion; agitation of contrary opinions
quarrel; strife; cause of variance; difference
a suit in law or equity; a question of right
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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'controversy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4536
Rank popularity for the word 'controversy' in Nouns Frequency: #1762
The numerical value of controversy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of controversy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of controversy in a Sentence
Change is scientific, progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.
Our church will always financially support the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention, however, the controversy over Russell Moore and the [Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission] is going to be a catalyst for many churches to reassess how they can most effectively support the denomination, which may involve a reallocation of funds.
I'll give you a little controversy back, I'll never forgive( President Barack Obama) for what he did to our Donald Trump military. It was depleted, and I had to fix it.
What is extraordinarily interesting is if you look at these results, they really point at replacement as probably being the preferred option for this group of patients, there was a lot of controversy about what was the best way to surgically approach the mitral valve.
The bigger the controversy hounding the movie, the higher the chance of it being just a part of film publicity; especially when its lead actor is propagated as a big celebrity.
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- дискусия, спорBulgarian
- polémica, controversiaSpanish
- هم ستیزیPersian
- kiista, sanaharkkaFinnish
- polémique, controverseFrench
- connsachadh, connspaidScottish Gaelic
- מחלוקת, חילוקי דעותHebrew
- vita, polémiaHungarian
- վիճաբանություն, վեճArmenian
- 토론, 논쟁Korean
- kontroversija, polemikaLatvian
- whiuwhiu kupuMāori
- controversă, discuție, dispută (principială)Romanian
- спор, дискуссия, разногласияRussian
- kontrovèrza, kontrovèrzijaSerbo-Croatian
- การวิวาท, การโต้เถียงThai
- anlaşmazlık, cidal, münazara, tartışma, uyuşmazlık, ihtilafTurkish
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