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It is the role of good journalism to take on powerful abusers, and when powerful abusers are taken on, there's always a bad reaction. So we see that controversy, and we believe that is a good thing to engage in.
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Meaning of "controversy" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CONTROVERSY

From Latin contrōversia, from contrōversus turned in an opposite direction, from contra- + vertere to turn.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CONTROVERSY

controversy  [ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːsɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CONTROVERSY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Controversy is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES CONTROVERSY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

controversy

Controversy

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, hence, "to turn against." The most applicable or well known controversial subjects, topics or areas are politics, religion and sex. Other areas of controversy include history and philosophy. Other minor yet 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, as a result they are often taboo to be discussed in the light of company in many cultures.

Definition of controversy in the English dictionary

The definition of controversy in the dictionary is 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.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CONTROVERSY


arsy-versy
ˈɑːsɪˈvɜːsɪ
birsy
ˈbɜːsɪ
Circe
ˈsɜːsɪ
gramercy
ɡrəˈmɜːsɪ
hearsy
ˈhɜːsɪ
heterocercy
ˈhɛtərəʊˌsɜːsɪ
homocercy
ˈhəʊməʊˌsɜːsɪ
mercy
ˈmɜːsɪ
Percy
ˈpɜːsɪ
pursy
ˈpɜːsɪ
remercy
rɪˈmɜːsɪ
reversi
rɪˈvɜːsɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CONTROVERSY

controlled
controlled drug
controlled explosion
controller
controllership
controlling
controlling interest
controlment
controls
controverse
controversial
controversialism
controversialist
controversially
controversies
controvert
controverter
controvertible
controvertibly
controvertist

WORDS THAT END LIKE CONTROVERSY

arsy
busy
classy
courtesy
daisy
easy
embassy
fantasy
glossy
gorsy
Gypsy
horsy
Malagasy
messy
missy
noisy
outdoorsy
pussy
sassy
sy

Synonyms and antonyms of controversy in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CONTROVERSY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «controversy» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of controversy

Translation of «controversy» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CONTROVERSY

Find out the translation of controversy to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of controversy from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «controversy» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

论战
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

polémica
570 millions of speakers

English

controversy
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

विवाद
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الجدل
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

споры
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

controvérsia
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বিতর্ক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

controverse
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kontroversi
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Streit
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

論争
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

논쟁
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kontrovèrsi
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tranh cãi
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சர்ச்சை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

वाद
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

tartışma
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

controversie
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kontrowersje
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

спори
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

controverse
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

διαμάχη
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

omstredenheid
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

kontrovers
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

kontrovers
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of controversy

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTROVERSY»

The term «controversy» is very widely used and occupies the 12.548 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTROVERSY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «controversy» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «controversy» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about controversy

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10 QUOTES WITH «CONTROVERSY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word controversy.
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Joe Arpaio
But hey, controversy - well, it hasn't hurt me in 50 years.
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Julian Assange
It is the role of good journalism to take on powerful abusers, and when powerful abusers are taken on, there's always a bad reaction. So we see that controversy, and we believe that is a good thing to engage in.
3
Michael Baden
That was after Napoleon died because there is still a controversy as to whether Napoleon was poisoned with arsenic. And the French say the British did it and the British say the French did it, but he died before the test for arsenic was available.
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John Barton
I have been told by a member of the board of one of Canada's most prominent literary magazines that a submission of mine once caused a great deal of controversy.
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Lyman Beecher
No great advance has been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy.
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Tammy Bruce
In politics, the reaction to a controversy is very often more enlightening and important than the details of the allegations themselves.
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James L. Buckley
I had hoped that the current presidential campaign debates might educate the public as to what is really involved in the ongoing controversy over campaign financing.
8
Solomon Burke
Sometimes its controversy, but we all have our choices that we make.
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Kirk Cameron
I think controversy is not always a bad thing. Jesus was controversial. It's through controversy that people often wake up and smell the coffee and say, 'What's going on here? Do we need to rethink something here?'
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Benjamin N. Cardozo
Lawsuits are rare and catastrophic experiences for the vast majority of men, and even when the catastrophe ensues, the controversy relates most often not to the law, but to the facts. In countless litigations, the law Is so clear that judges have no discretion.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CONTROVERSY»

Discover the use of controversy in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to controversy and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Eric Bischoff: Controversy Creates Cash
Bischoff, one of the most controversial figures in the world of wrestling, takes a no-holds-barred look at his career and life.
Eric Bischoff, 2007
2
Female "circumcision" in Africa: Culture, Controversy, and ...
To ban excision in Meru, Kenya, Lynn Thomas
Bettina Shell-Duncan, Ylva Hernlund, 2000
3
The Humanist Controversy and Other Writings (1966-67)
Presents previously untranslated texts by the influential philosopher and French Communist Party intellectual, including his critique of Lâevi-Strauss's structuralism, his theory of discourse and its relationship to psychoanalysis, ...
Louis Althusser, François Matheron, 2003
4
Biotechnology - the Making of a Global Controversy
A series of studies exploring the origins of the current controversy over biotechnology, first published in 2002.
M. W. Bauer, G. Gaskell, 2002
5
Christological Controversy
The volume gives modern readers an idea entry point into the issues by presenting clear, fresh translations of the most important primary sources, along with simple and informative introductions to explain the context of the writings.
Richard A. Norris, Jr., 1980
6
Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and Social ...
The second edition of this comprehensive reference is a collection of 78 articles that examine the social aspects of computerization from a variety of perspectives.
Rob Kling, 1996
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The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust Modern ...
"A thoroughly researched discussion of the development of Bible translations ancient and modern, including key differences between versions such as the New International, New American Standard Bible, and the Authorized Version of 1611"- ...
James R. White, 2009
8
The Rigoberta Menchú Controversy
The first section of this volume collects the primary documents -- newspaper articles, interviews, and official statements -- in which the debate raged, many translated into English for the first time.
Arturo Arias, David Stoll, 2001
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The Structuralist Controversy: The Languages of Criticism ...
At a 1966 international symposium hosted by the Johns Hopkins University, many of the leading figures of European structuralist criticism first presented their ideas to the American academic community.
Richard Macksey, Eugenio Donato, 2007
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Controversy
A dangerous attraction.
Adrianne Byrd, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CONTROVERSY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term controversy is used in the context of the following news items.
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Paula Deen Tweets Photo With Son In 'Brownface,' Controversy
Deen found herself in a maelstrom of controversy in 2013 after court documents revealed the Southern-born celebrity had used the N-word. «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
2
Hannibal Buress' career takes off amid Cosby controversy
(CNN) Comedian Hannibal Buress may want to distance himself from his role in the Bill Cosby controversy, but he can't control the timing. «CNN, Jul 15»
3
Controversy surrounds firing of Marines' female recruit battalion CO
The ensuing controversy, some say, provides a glimpse into an ongoing struggle to establish equal standards for male and female Marines at ... «Marine Corps Times, Jul 15»
4
Caltrans' 91 Freeway landscaping project sparks controversy
A plan to add landscaping by the 91 Freeway in Riverside has sparked controversy, as residents are being told to cut back on their water usage ... «KABC-TV, Jul 15»
5
5 iconic pitchmen who landed in hot water after becoming 'as seen …
Here are five iconic ad people who have run into controversy after they became “as seen on TV” famous. BILLY MAYS. The infomercial king ... «New York Daily News, Jul 15»
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Daily Talker: Controversy At The MFA
The controversy surrounds “Kimono Wednesdays”, an attraction scheduled to run throughout July at the MFA. Visitors were invited to “channel ... «CBS Local, Jul 15»
7
Ryan Reynolds Addresses Baby Carrier Controversy, Says His Hold …
But after Blake Lively posted the snapshot featuring her husband holding daughter James in a Líllébaby to Instagram, her followers ... «People Magazine, Jul 15»
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State of Origin: Dave Smith supports Cameron Smith over Alex …
State of Origin: Dave Smith supports Cameron Smith over Alex McKinnon controversy. Date: July 8, 2015 - 12:19PM. 250 reading now; (29); Comments 24 «Sydney Morning Herald, Jul 15»
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Google mosque search plunges web giant into controversy
If you type “Strasbourg” and “mosque” into Google, you perhaps get more than you were bargaining for. As you would expect, it returns ... «euronews, Jul 15»
10
Controversy after selection panel announced for new Community …
CLEVELAND, Ohio– Mayor Frank Jackson says it's the next step toward reforming the Cleveland Police Department, as part of the consent ... «fox8.com, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Controversy [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/controversy>. Sep 2019 ».
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