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
However, Ellison’s past associations and commentsmay trouble more moderate voters. Ellison’s 2006 run for Keith Ellison seat was plunged into controversy after the conservative PowerLineBlog.com found he had once identified with Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam and in 1998 was referring to himself as Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison-Muhammed. The Washington Post reported that Keith Ellison had defended Farrakhan against accusations of anti-Semitism in 1989 and in 1990 had called affirmative action a sneaky form of compensation for slavery, calling instead for reparations. When the controversy erupted in 2006, Keith Ellison acknowledged Keith Ellison had worked with the group, but only for 18 months to help organize Farrakhan's 1995 Million Man March. Keith Ellison distanced Keith Ellison from both Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, and said Keith Ellison had n’t scruitinized the group's anti-Semitic positions appropriately. They were and are anti-Semitic, and I should have come to that conclusion earlier than I did, Keith Ellison said. Yet it is n’t the only controversy for Keith Ellison. In 2007, Keith Ellison made a comparison between Bush and 9/11 to Hitler and the 1933 Reichstag fire. 9/11 is the juggernaut in American history and it allows... it's almost like, you know, the Reichstag fire, after the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader of that country [ Hitler ] in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted. He later clarified that he did indeed believe that Usama bin Laden was responsible for the terror attacks. But it was n’t the only controversy for Ellison in 2007, as he also backed a movement to impeach then-Vice President Dick Cheney over his alleged fabrication of intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. However, Brad Bannon believes that Ellison’s Muslim heritage could be a boost not a burden, especially in light of Trump’s elevation Sunday of controversial Breitbart boss Steve Bannon to chief strategist.
If it doesn't win many Oscars, the controversy most likely won't have a thing to do with it.
I take personal ownership of this inflammatory rhetoric, this reckless statement was made in the heat of a political controversy 35 years ago.
I appreciated the depiction of suicide as a process. There is no singular cause for suicide, and the show depicted the cumulative effect of multiple life experiences leading up to Hannah's suicide. Even though I don't like that the show sometimes vilified the people in the tapes as the 'reasons' why Hannah killed herself, one narrative that has been lost in the controversy about this show is the belief by some of the characters that things had to get better, they had to care and treat one another better.
One narrative that has been lost in the controversy about this show is the belief by some of the characters that things had to get better, they had to care and treat one another better.
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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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