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Pronunciation:  'kântru`vursee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"

CONTROVERSY is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: arguing, argument, contention, contestation, disputation, tilt
 See Also: argle-bargle, argy-bargy, conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute, polemic, sparring



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con"tro*ver`sy\, n.; pl. {Controversies}. [L.
controversia, fr. controversus turned against, disputed;
contro- = contra + versus, p. p. of vertere to turn. See
1. Contention; dispute; debate; discussion; agitation of
   contrary opinions.

         This left no room for controversy about the title.

         A dispute is commonly oral, and a controversy in
         writing.                              --Johnson.

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

         The Lord hath a controversy with the nations. --Jer.
                                               xxv. 31.

3. A suit in law or equity; a question of right. [Obs.]

         When any man that had a controversy came to the king
         for judgment.                         --2 Sam. xv.

Syn: Dispute; debate; disputation; disagreement; altercation;
     contention; wrangle; strife; quarrel.

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