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Definition of controversy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[uncountable, countable] (pl. controversies) controversy (over/about/surrounding somebody/something)
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public discussion and argument about something that many people strongly disagree about, disapprove of, or are shocked by to arouse/cause controversy a bitter controversy over/about the site of the new airport the controversy surrounding his latest movie The president resigned amid considerable controversy.
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