controversy

A controversy is a dispute or argument in which people express strong opposing views. When a popular TV show kills off a well-loved character, there's bound to be a lot of controversy.

Controversy means a quarrel (often public) involving strong disagreement, but the topic can be as unimportant as a new movie. There might be a controversy in the pages of fashion magazines over whether shorter hems are really in style, or about wearing white after Labor Day. Controversy is from the Latin contrōversus, "turned in an opposite direction," from the prefix contrā, "against," plus versus, a form of vertere, "to turn."

Definitions of controversy
  1. noun
    a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
    synonyms: arguing, argument, contention, contestation, disceptation, disputation, tilt
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    argle-bargle, argy-bargy
    a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument
    firestorm
    an outburst of controversy
    sparring
    an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage
    polemic
    a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
    fight
    an intense verbal dispute
    type of:
    conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute
    a disagreement or argument about something important
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