controversy


controversy
/kon"treuh verr'see/; Brit. also /keuhn trov"euhr see/, n., pl. controversies.
1. a prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; disputation concerning a matter of opinion.
2. contention, strife, or argument.
[1350-1400; ME controversie ( < AF) < L controversia, equiv. to controvers(us) turned against, disputed (contro-, var. of CONTRA against, + versus, ptp. of vertere to turn) + -ia -Y3]
Syn. 1. disagreement, altercation. 2. quarrel, wrangle. See argument.

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  • Controversy — Album par Prince Sortie 14 octobre 1981 Enregistrement 1981 Uptown, Sunset Sound, Hollywood Sound Durée 37:40 Genre Funk …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Controversy — Con tro*ver sy, n.; pl. {Controversies}. [L. controversia, fr. controversus turned against, disputed; contro = contra + versus, p. p. of vertere to turn. See {Verse}.] 1. Contention; dispute; debate; discussion; agitation of contrary opinions.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • controversy — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. controversie or directly from L. controversia, from controversus turned in an opposite direction, disputed, turned against, from contra against (see CONTRA (Cf. contra)) + versus (see VERSE (Cf. verse)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • controversy — dispute, *argument Analogous words: contention, dissension (see DISCORD): disputation, *argumentation, forensic, debate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • controversy — The stress is always placed on the first syllable in AmE and normally in BrE too, although a variant with stress on the second syllable is becoming increasingly common, despite the strictures of purists. Early stress on words of more than three… …   Modern English usage

  • controversy — [n] debate, dispute altercation, argument, beef*, bickering, brush, contention, difference, discussion, disputation, dissention, embroilment, falling out*, flak, fuss, hurrah, miff, polemic, quarrel, row, rumpus, scene, scrap, squabble, strife,… …   New thesaurus

  • controversy — ► NOUN (pl. controversies) ▪ debate or disagreement about a matter which arouses strongly contrasting opinions. USAGE The second pronunciation, putting the stress on trov , is widely held to be incorrect in standard English. ORIGIN Latin… …   English terms dictionary

  • controversy — [kän′trə vʉr΄sē] n. pl. controversies [ME controversie < L controversia < controversus, turned in an opposite direction < contra, against + versus: see VERSE] 1. a lengthy discussion of an important question in which opposing opinions… …   English World dictionary

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