Definitions of controversy

  1. a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Contention; dispute; debate; discussion; agitation of contrary opinions. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. A suit in law or equity; a question of right. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. A disputation, discussion, or debate: contest. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Dispute; discussion; contest. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. Debate; disputation; dispute. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Debate or dispute, generally carried on in writing; an agitation of contrary opinions; quarrel; strife. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for controversy

  1. Meantime, without any romantic excitement and far removed from religious controversy our quiet existence flowed on; though I was always fond of my sister and deeply interested in the faint echoes which from time to time reached me from her life. – Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 by Augustus J. C. Hare
  2. Your own experience teaches you that argument only leaves each party to the controversy more strongly convinced than ever that he is right. – Analyzing Character by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb