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.
Origin: 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
The more controversy there is.
There has been a lot of controversy.
We've reached an important agreement to solve this controversy.
With this year's parade, Boston is putting years of controversy behind us.
It's just one controversy over another, this is like every day. It's a circus.
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Translations for controversy
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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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