• WordNet 3.6
    • adj controversial marked by or capable of arousing controversy "the issue of the death penalty is highly controversial","Rushdie's controversial book","a controversial decision on affirmative action"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the first minimum wage in the United States. The new law, considered controversial at the time, established at.25 cents per hour minimum wage and a maximum 44 hour work week for minors.
    • controversial Of or pertaining to controversy; characterized by or connected with disputation; disputatious: as, a controversial discourse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Controversial relating to controversy
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  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.”
  • Lyman Beecher
    Lyman Beecher
    “No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The dust of controversy is merely the falsehood flying off.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contra, against, and vert-ĕre, to turn.


In literature:

The Gordon case was the chief topic of controversy.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
That controversy arose out of a speech made by Mr.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
D. (C. H.) On bishops at Hampton Court Controversy, 443.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
The most serious aspect of the controversy, however, lies in the second objection mentioned above.
"The Church, the Schools and Evolution" by J. E. (Judson Eber) Conant
This is an age of peace; controversies once decided by force are now settled by arbitration.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
In this year Collins united with Dodwell in the controversy carried on by Dr. Samuel Clarke.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
At the same time there appears to have been no lack of religious controversy.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
Such unsettled controversies as these have, for the most part, been ignored in our survey of the field.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Almost every controversy which occurred opened new views.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
In the country the controversy raged in more serious fashion.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton

In poetry:

``Of life beyond I speak not yet.
'Tis solitude alone can e'er,
By hushing controversy, let
Man catch earth's undertone of prayer.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
A friendship that in frequent fits
Of controversial rage emits
The sparks of disputation,
Like hand-in-hand insurance-plates,
Most unavoidably creates
The thought of conflagration.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
Whither but to Thee, whose mercy
All the clouds is breaking through:
Great, beyond all controversy,
Is thy love and pardon too.
Father! whither shall we flee—
Whither, whither but to Thee?
"God our only Refuge" by John Bowring

In news:

Early photos of the controversial group Mayhem with black-and-white "corpse paint" makeup are as creepy as low-budget slasher flick stills.
Controversy erupted after school district officials censored an Ammo Depot ad on Ponderosa High School's Bruin Stadium scoreboard.
Controversy over mayor's transgender order.
Right now the Buddy Holly statue is somewhat hidden from site on it's controversial new home at 19th and Buddy Holly Avenue (or is it Crickets Avenue?).
A controversial plan to submit national budgets to review by EU finance ministers received unexpectedly quick approval, though details still need to be worked out.
After a decade of controversy and soaring costs, the city's residents now will get to decide for themselves.
And yesterday Mayor Rahm Emanuel endorsed one of Daley's most controversial acts as mayor: the midnight bulldozing of Meigs Field.
Oklahoma gets a starring role in a controversial documentary.
Controversial call against the Packers at end of Monday's game (Twitter).
Controversial banker Thilo Sarrazin blames Germany's euro rescue efforts on Holocaust guilt.
Are the United States and Iran on a collision course over the Middle Eastern country's controversial nuclear program.
The controversial rules had caused thousands of buildings across the country to lose eligibility for FHA financing.
Mental exam controversy in I-96 case.
Controversy over a 'journalist' adds to the buzz about message control in capital.
The Bush administration, averting a collision with Congress, said Sunday it will investigate a controversial international business deal that would put a United Arab Emirates company in charge of some terminals at six US ports.

In science:

However, there exists some controversy about the θ dependence of Cm for saturated masers and whether it is even a constant for unsaturated masers (see §4.1).
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
In view of these controversial results and the fact that most calculations for spin-1 chains have been done at T = 0, we were motivated to extend the MDH analysis to finite temperature.
Breakdown of the perturbative renormalization group for S >= 1 random antiferromagnetic spin chains
In a recent letter by McGaugh (2000), the simple and controversial solution of considering only baryonic dark matter (BDM) plus a cosmological constant has been proposed.
CMB Constraints on a Baryonic Dark Matter-Dominated Universe
The role of disorder on the absorption of the random heteropolymer remains a sub ject of controversy.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
This inelastic peak is due to the interaction of the external photon (or neutron) with some excitation of the system. A very controversial issue is the propagating nature of those excitations .
Vibrations in glasses and Euclidean Random Matrix theory