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1 : Contention; dispute; debate; discussion; agitation of contrary opinions.

2 : Quarrel; strife; cause of variance; difference.

3 : A suit in law or equity; a question of right.

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1 : Controversy


Contention; dispute; debate; discussion; agitation of contrary opinions.

2 : Controversy


Quarrel; strife; cause of variance; difference.

3 : Controversy


A suit in law or equity; a question of right.

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This word controversy uses (11) total characters with white out space

This word controversy uses 9 unique characters: C E N O R S T V Y

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From Wikipedia

Auseinandersetzung ("controversy"), by Karl-Henning Seemann (de).

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 (see verse), hence, "to turn against."

The most applicable or well known controversial subjects, topics or areas are politics, religion, philosophy, parenting and sex.[1][2][3] History is similarly controversial. Other 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, and as a result they are often considered taboo to be discussed in the light of company in many cultures.

  1. ^ U.S. News & World Report, Volume 117, Issues 10–17, 1994 quotation:

    Perhaps that was inevitable, since abortion touches on three of the most contentious subjects in human discourse: religion, sex and politics.

  2. ^ Kenneth L. Karst (1995) Law's Promise, Law's Expression p.137 quotation:

    Religion, sex and politics: in my younger days, these were the subjects you weren't supposed to discuss at the dinner table.

  3. ^ Susan Spencer, Margo Collins, Albert J. Rivero (2004) The eighteenth-century novel: Volume 4 p.6

    ...the expiration of the Printing Act in 1695 swelled the number of licensed printers, while the relaxation of censorship under the Restoration opened once-guarded topics, especially religion, sex, and politics, for public discussion

From Wiktionary


  • 1 English
    • 1.1 Etymology
    • 1.2 Pronunciation
    • 1.3 Noun
      • 1.3.1 Synonyms
      • 1.3.2 Derived terms
      • 1.3.3 Related terms
      • 1.3.4 Translations
      • 1.3.5 References
      • 1.3.6 Further reading


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From Old French controversie, from Latin controversia (debate, contention, controversy), from controversus (turned in an opposite direction).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /kənˈtɹɒvəsi/ (most common);[1]IPA(key): /ˈkɒntɹəvɜːsi/ (older, less common) [2]
  • (US, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈkɑntɹəˌvɝsi/


controversy (plural controversies)

  1. A debate, discussion of opposing opinions; strife.
    • 2011 October 1, Phil McNulty, “Everton 0 - 2 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      The game was engulfed in controversy when Rodwell appeared to win the ball cleanly in a midfield challenge with Suarez. The tackle drew an angry response from Liverpool's players- Lucas in particular as Suarez writhed in agony - but it was an obvious injustice when the England Under-21 midfielder was shown the red card.


  • See also Thesaurus:dispute

Derived terms[edit]

  • controversial

Related terms[edit]

  • controversialist
  • controvert
  • controverter
  • controvertible



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Fowler's Modern English Usage (3rd edition, 1996)

Further reading[edit]

  • controversy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • controversy in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911