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controversy

con·tro·ver·sy

controversy

 
 
pronunciation:
kan tr vuhr si
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part of speech: noun
inflections: controversies
definition 1: a dispute, esp. a public one, marked by the expression of opposing views; debate.
The proposal to tear down the old city hall building caused a major controversy in town.
 
synonyms:
debate, dispute
similar words:
contention, disputation, hot potato, polemics
definition 2: a quarrel or argument.
I don't want to have any more controversies over money.
 
synonyms:
altercation, argument, disagreement, dispute, quarrel
similar words:
bicker, brawl, broil, fight, row, ruckus, rumpus, run-in, set-to, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle