2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Controversy \Con"tro*ver'sy\, noun; 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.

This left no room for controversy about the title. --Locke.

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. 2.

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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument" [syn: {controversy}, {contention}, {contestation}, {disputation}, {disceptation}, {tilt}, {argument}, {arguing}]

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)


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