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

This left no room for controversy about the title. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

A dispute is commonly oral, and a controversy in writing. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

2. Quarrel; strife; cause of variance; difference. [1913 Webster]

The Lord hath a controversy with the nations. --Jer. xxv. 31. [1913 Webster]

3. A suit in law or equity; a question of right. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

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

Syn: Dispute; debate; disputation; disagreement; altercation; contention; wrangle; strife; quarrel. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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