The definition of a controversy is a public disagreement with two sides openly debating.(noun)
An example of a controversy is a fight between two famous parents in a custody battle.
See controversy in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. controversies
Origin: ME controversie < L controversia < controversus, turned in an opposite direction < contra, against + versus: see verse
See controversy in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. con·tro·ver·sies
Origin: Middle English controversie
Origin: , from Latin contrōversia
Origin: , from contrōversus, disputed
Origin: : contrō- (variant of contrā, contra-)
Origin: + versus
Origin: , past participle of vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
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