• WordNet 3.6
    • v controvert prove to be false or incorrect
    • v controvert be resistant to "The board opposed his motion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Controvert To make matter of controversy; to dispute or oppose by reasoning; to contend against in words or writings; to contest; to debate. "Some controverted points had decided according to the sense of the best jurists."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • controvert To dispute; oppose by argument; contend against in discussion; deny and attempt to disprove or confute: as, to controvert opinions or principles; to controvert the justness of a conclusion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Controvert kon′tro-vėrt to oppose: to argue against: to refute
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Controversy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contra, against, and vert-ĕre, to turn.


In literature:

Paroxysmal energy of ancient causes controverted, 174.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
This view, however, has been controverted.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
But this is a controverted point.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
Those who dispute the conclusion will find it their duty to controvert the reasoning on which it is founded.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 16" by Various
By this test of universality, antiquity, and consent, he saith all controverted points in belief must be tried.
"The Church of England cleared from the charge of Schism" by Thomas William Allies
Such an argument is not perhaps worth controverting.
"The Little Minister" by J. M. Barrie
The question is very complicated, obscure, and much controverted, not admitting of discussion within the limits here assigned.
"History of Modern Philosophy" by Alfred William Benn
And we are here arrived at an era, at once the happiest and most controverted of any.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 3 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
No controverted points of doctrine!
"Intra Muros" by Rebecca Ruter Springer
It is to the credit of the perspicacity of the memorialists that they discern the real nature of the Controverted Question of the age.
"Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions" by Thomas H. Huxley
Witty, a resident physician, who recommended them in every case, were controverted by Mr. Simpson and Dr. George Tonstall.
"The Ports, Harbours, Watering-places and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain Vol. 1" by William Finden
She knows the conditions of her father's will, and I have no fear of her desiring to controvert what was with him a dying wish.
"The Guerilla Chief" by Mayne Reid
But a peep into its interior at once controverted this idea.
"The Maroon" by Mayne Reid
Whose law had he not controverted?
"Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I." by Charles James Lever
The truth then cannot be controverted.
"The Negro in the South" by Booker T. Washington
Mr. Reid controverted this opinion, and said the doctrine was new in the South.
"Presidential Candidates:" by D. W. Bartlett
Although he had controverted the idea of her doffing her weeds in this connection, he now nothing doubted the fact.
"The Storm Centre" by Charles Egbert Craddock
To controvert his argument he challenged Wiclif by name.
"Cabinet Portrait Gallery of British Worthies" by Anonymous
This excellent moral was never controverted but by facts.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet
It is impossible to controvert this truth, which surrounds us and presses us on all sides.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)