Controvert Definition

kŏntrə-vûrt, kŏntrə-vûrt
controverted, controverting, controverts
controverted, controverting, controverts
To raise arguments against; voice opposition to.
American Heritage
To argue or reason against; contradict; deny; dispute.
Webster's New World
To argue about; debate; discuss.
Webster's New World

(intransitive) To be involved or engaged in controversy.


Origin of Controvert

  • From Latin as if *controvertere, assumed from controversus, from contro- (“against”) + vertere (“to turn”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Back-formation from controversy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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