Con·tro·ver·sy n.; pl. Controversies .
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.
n : a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong
disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
[syn: contention, contestation, disputation, disceptation,
tilt, argument, arguing]