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Synonyms for controversy
ˈkɒn trəˌvɜr si; Brit. also kənˈtrɒv ər si

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. controversy, contention, contestation, disputation, disceptation, tilt, argument, arguing(noun)

    a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement

    "they were involved in a violent argument"

    Synonyms:
    debate, disceptation, lean, list, rivalry, careen, inclination, sway, leaning, contention, line, rock, argument, tilt, joust, competition, disputation, literary argument, contestation, line of reasoning, arguing, statement, argumentation, logical argument, public debate, parameter

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. controversy

    A feud is enmity between families, clans, or parties, with acts of hostility mutually retaliated and avenged; feud is rarely used of individuals, never of nations. While all the other words of the group may refer to that which is transient, a feud is long-enduring, and often hereditary. Dissension is used of a number of persons, of a party or other organization. Bitterness is in feeling only; enmity and hostility involve will and purpose to oppose or injure. A quarrel is in word or act, or both, and is commonly slight and transient, as we speak of childish quarrels; contention and strife may be in word or deed; contest ordinarily involves some form of action. Contest is often used in a good sense, contention and strife very rarely so. Controversy is commonly in words; strife extends from verbal controversy to the contests of armies. Affray, brawl, and broil, like quarrel, are words of inferior dignity. An affray or broil may arise at a street corner; the affray always involves physical force; the brawl or broil may be confined to violent language.

    Synonyms:
    affray, animosity, bitterness, brawl, broil, contention, contest, dispute, dissension, enmity, feud, fray, hostility, quarrel, strife

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. controversy

    Synonyms:
    dispute, disagreement, quarrel, strife, altercation, contention, disputation, wrangle, bickering, question

    Antonyms:
    agreement, unanimity, coincidence

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. controversy(n.)

    Synonyms:
    discussion, dispute, disputation, debate, polemics, altercation, logomachy, war of words, strife of words

  2. controversy(n.)

    Synonyms:
    lawsuit, suit at law, process in law

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. controversy(n)

    Synonyms:
    dispute, contention, disoutation, altercation polemics, logomachy

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How to use controversy in a sentence?

  1. Brian Gresko:

    Sending their children unattended to the park after receiving warnings that Child Protective Services was keeping a close eye on them ? That doesn't sound like common sense to me. that sounds more like they were testing the limits and perhaps courting controversy.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Hey, how about the NFL. Look I don’t want to cause controversy. … I don’t want to cause controversy, they passed this stupid thing. You don’t have to do this anymore if you don’t respect the flag or if you don’t like the country or whatever it is, just go into the locker room.

  3. Michael Short:

    We all knew Hillary Clinton was desperate to avoid the media after months of controversy, but employing a moving rope line takes ducking reporters to absurd new heights, clearly the Fourth of July for Hillary Clinton means independence from answering tough questions.

  4. Donald Trump:

    She got paid a lot of money to write a book and they always expect a little controversy.

  5. Thomas J. Watson:

    Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of crackpot than the stigma of conformity.


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