• WordNet 3.6
    • n controversialist a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Controversialist One who carries on a controversy; a disputant. "He [Johnson] was both intellectually and morally of the stuff of which controversialists are made."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n controversialist One who carries on a controversy; a disputant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Controversialist one given to controversy
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contra, against, and vert-ĕre, to turn.


In literature:

All his powers as an orator, a controversialist, an educator were directed to this object.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
He was a born controversialist and liked to argue.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
Lastly, there is a class of controversialists so hopeless and futile that I have really failed to find a name for them.
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton
But we can only conjecture dimly, and leave the controversialists to wrangle.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
By nature Zunz was a controversialist.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
He was himself a man of distinction as preacher, poet, and controversialist.
"Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters" by H. Addington Bruce
But enough in this brief sketch has been said of him as politician, journalist, controversialist, spy.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
Mr. James Dunne, of Athenry, is an acute observer and a shrewd political controversialist.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
But the Jews endeavoured, in another way, to wrest from Christian controversialists the advantage afforded by this passage.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
A clever controversialist can always find joints in the harness of his foe.
"Pot-Boilers" by Clive Bell
A prominent controversialist, F.A.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
It is perhaps childish to pursue further this childish controversialist.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
As the mere plaything of professional controversialists the fate of religion can never be decided.
"Religious Perplexities" by L. P. Jacks
He belonged to the High Church party and was a brilliant controversialist.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
Minor Reformers and Controversialists.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
The effectiveness of the weapon commends it to Catholic controversialists.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
John Gother, a celebrated controversialist, officiated as chaplain.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
True there are, as always, Jewish controversialists.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
He was a voluminous writer, a controversialist and commentator, and a thorough Hebrew scholar.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
BAST'WICK, John, English physician and ecclesiastical controversialist, born in 1593, died 1654.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various

In news:

Monk offers the second and culminating volume of his biography of the philosopher and controversialist.