• WordNet 3.6
    • n controversy a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement "they were involved in a violent argument"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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.
    • Controversy A suit in law or equity; a question of right. "When any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment."
    • Controversy Contention; dispute; debate; discussion; agitation of contrary opinions. "This left no room for controversy about the title.""A dispute is commonly oral, and a controversy in writing."
    • Controversy Quarrel; strife; cause of variance; difference. "The Lord hath a controversy with the nations."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n controversy Disputation; debate; agitation of contrary opinions; a formal or prolonged debate; dispute.
    • n controversy Specifically A suit in law; the contention in a civil action; a case in which opposing parties contend for their respective claims before a tribunal.
    • n controversy A matter in dispute; a question to settle.
    • n controversy Antagonism; resistance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Controversy a debate: contest: resistance
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. controversia, fr. controversus, turned against, disputed; contro-, = contra, + versus, p. p. of vertere, to turn. See Verse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contra, against, and vert-ĕre, to turn.


In literature:

Her stake in this controversy is too deep.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
They neither of them felt any special interest in the controversy going on in the University and country about High and Low Church.
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
First Year of my Ministry and First Controversy.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
Then set in with full vigor the controversy over the new territory which Calhoun had foreseen.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
St. Thomas Aquinas had a celebrated and sometimes misunderstood controversy with Avicenna, a very famous Arabian philosopher.
"Science and Morals and Other Essays" by Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
He was distinguished for the patriotic stand he took at the very beginning of the controversy between the Colony and the King.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
The sword, at any rate, settled the controversy.
"America First" by Various
He was no match in controversy for Mr. Wendover, and he did not mean to attempt it.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He delivered political addresses and engaged in political controversy.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
The shadow of death is already upon him; in a few months he will be beyond the reach of controversy.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various

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:

Patrice O'Neal, a stand-up comedian who boisterously took on controversial topics like race, AIDS and his own struggle with diabetes, died on Tuesday.
ERIC JAMISON/AP PHOTO Carrie Prejean told judges at the Miss USA pageant last year that gay marriage shouldn't be legalized, kicking off a firestorm of controversy.
A controversial cartoon concerning Martin Luther King Jr will be screened at UCO.
Season two will bring Borgia 's action from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, kicking off in 1494 as the controversial family reunites after the death of Rodrigo Borgia 's oldest son Juan.
Lot of them, a newspaper editor, a murder investigator and even the controversial author Ayn Rand, but not until last night did her breasts get a starring role.
The culinary world's Doogie Howser stirs up controversy in the kitchen.
Meanwhile, this last week has seen the publication of two controversial magazines in France: One, called Closer, showed Prince William's lovely bride, the Duchess of Cambridge, without her bikini top on.
Too Tall' Jones won a controversial boxing match at the Pan Am.
BPI to Close Plants Over 'Pink Slime' Controversy.
However, the fact that he is acting as a political operative, while in charge of the Justice Department and is willing to evade responsibility on a number of controversies since the Clinton administration is more disturbing.
"Controversy," a poetry slam event to be presented by the Brainy Acts Poetry Society Tuesday, Nov 15 at Northwestern State University, has been moved to the Student Union.
The Metropolitan Water District, US Sen Dianne Feinstein, environmental rules and lawsuits could stand in the way of the controversial Cadiz water project.
Last month, the US Supreme Court ruled to support the Affordable Care Act's controversial individual mandate to buy health insurance.
Gender politics play out in Caster Semenya controversy.
The Mets have a resolution to their center-field controversy.

In science:

Fortunately for us, although the quantum measurement problem remains controversial and there remain many open technical questions in the physics of decoherence, we need not address these controversies and questions.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Mariner 2 con firmed the existence of a continuous supersonic solar wind just a few years after Parker’s initially controversial work, and also showed that the wind exists in two relatively distinct states: slow (300 –500 km/s) and fast (600 –800 km/s).
Coronal Heating versus Solar Wind Acceleration
There remains some controversy over whether ion cyclotron waves generated only at the coronal base can heat the extended corona, or if a more gradual generation of these waves is needed over a range of heights.
Coronal Heating versus Solar Wind Acceleration
Controversy has arisen between Osaki and Meyer (2003) and Smak (2004) over how to calculate this fluid flow.
Enhanced mass transfer during dwarf nova outbursts by irradiation of the secondary?
This is consistent with many numerical investigations and resolves some controversies on the existence/absence problem of a finite-temperature transition in the symmetric system on the square lattice[16, 17].
Possibly Exact Solution for the Multicritical Point of Finite-Dimensional Spin Glasses