If you controvert something, you dispute it. If you argue for a new pony, your parents will controvert your argument by pointing out you said the same thing about the dog — the one they have to walk.

The verb controvert can mean to prove to be false or untrue. If you are a historian, you know that new evidence often controverts commonly-held beliefs, so history is constantly being revised and updated. Many children grew up learning that Christopher Columbus landed first in America, but now we have evidence to controvert that idea and other explorers such as Leif Eriksson beat Columbus to America.

Definitions of controvert

v prove to be false or incorrect

rebut, refute
Type of:
confute, disprove
prove to be false

v be resistant to

contradict, oppose
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blackball, negative, veto
vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent
dissent, protest, resist
express opposition through action or words
strike, walk out
stop work in order to press demands
defeat, kill, shoot down, vote down, vote out
thwart the passage of
demonstrate, march
march in protest; take part in a demonstration
arise, rebel, rise, rise up
take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
rebel, renegade
break with established customs
Type of:
rebut, refute
overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

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