controversy

[kon-truh-vur-see; British also kuhn-trov-er-see]
noun, plural controversies.
1.
a prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; disputation concerning a matter of opinion.
2.
contention, strife, or argument.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English controversie (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrōversia, equivalent to contrōvers(us) turned against, disputed (contrō-, variant of contrā against, + versus, past participle of vertere to turn) + -ia -y3

precontroversy, noun, plural precontroversies.


1. disagreement, altercation. 2. quarrel, wrangle. See argument.
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controversy (ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːsɪ, kənˈtrɒvəsɪ)
 
n , pl -sies
dispute, argument, or debate, esp one concerning a matter about which there is strong disagreement and esp one carried on in public or in the press
 
[C14: from Latin contrōversia, from contrōversus turned in an opposite direction, from contra- + vertere to turn]
 
controversial
 
adj
 
contro'versialism
 
n
 
contro'versialist
 
n
 
contro'versially
 
adv

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controversy
late 14c., from L. controversia, from controversus "turned in an opposite direction, from contra- "against" (see contra) + versus (see verse).
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Example sentences
Most sports controversies live for only a season or two.
He didn't insert his own opinions, and he steered away from the topical
  controversies of the day.
In doing so, they could provoke fresh controversies.
His occasional series of columns covers the game, its controversies and what it
  has taught him about every day life.
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