Definition of controversial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

controversial

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BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːʃl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːntrəˈvɜːrʃl//
 
Anger
 
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causing a lot of angry public discussion and disagreement a highly controversial topic one of the most controversial of London’s new office blocks a controversial plan to build a new road Winston Churchill and Richard Nixon were both controversial figures. opposite non-controversial, uncontroversial See related entries: Anger Word Origin late 16th cent.: from late Latin controversialis, from controversia, from controversus ‘turned against, disputed’, from contro- (variant of contra- ‘against’) + versus, past participle of vertere ‘to turn’.Extra examples a highly controversial subject A controversial plan to build a new road has met with protests. Her controversial new play sparked a riot outside the theatre. It is one of the most controversial of London’s new office buildings.
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