♦♦♦ADJ-GRADEDIf you describe something or someone as controversial, you mean that they are the subject of intense public argument, disagreement, or disapproval.
Immigration is a controversial issue in many countries.
...Morton's controversial book, `Diana, Her True Story.'...
The changes are bound to be controversial.
...the controversial 19th century politician Charles Parnell.Derived words:controversially ADV-GRADED usu ADV with cl, also ADV with v
More controversially, he claims that these higher profits cover the cost of finding fresh talent...
David Hirst was controversially sent off on his European debut for Sheffield Wednesday last night.
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Controversial — Con tro*ver sial, a. [Cf. LL. controversialis.] Relating to, or consisting of, controversy; disputatious; polemical; as, controversial divinity. [1913 Webster] Whole libraries of controversial books. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
controversial — adj. De la controversia. ⊚ Que la provoca o la busca. * * * controversial. adj. Am. controvertido … Enciclopedia Universal
controversial — I adjective arguable, at issue, at odds, at variance, confutable, contestable, controversus, controvertible, debatable, dialectic, disputable, doubtful, dubious, dubitable, eristic, exhibiting pros and cons, factious, in dispute, in question, not … Law dictionary
controversial — (adj.) 1580s, from L.L. controversialis pertaining to controversy, from L. controversia (see CONTROVERSY (Cf. controversy)) … Etymology dictionary
controversial — [adj] at issue arguable, argumentative, contended, contentious, contestable, controvertible, debateable, disputable, disputatious, disputed, doubtable, doubtful, dubious, dubitable, in dispute, litigious, moot, open to discussion*, open to… … New thesaurus
controversial — adj. Am. controvertido … Diccionario de la lengua española
controversial — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ causing or likely to cause controversy. DERIVATIVES controversialist noun controversially adverb … English terms dictionary
controversial — [kän΄trə vʉr′shəl, kän΄trə vʉr′sē əl] adj. [LL controversialis] 1. of, subject to, or stirring up controversy; debatable 2. Rare liking to take part in controversy; disputatious controversially adv … English World dictionary
controversial — 01. You shouldn t talk about [controversial] topics with people you don t know very well because it might start an argument. 02. The government s decision to subsidize professional hockey teams resulted in a great deal of [controversy], and… … Grammatical examples in English
controversial — adjective causing a lot of disagreement, because many people have strong opinions about the subject being discussed: Contraception is still a controversial issue in this part of the world. | a controversial plan/decision etc: a highly… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
controversial — con|tro|ver|sial [ˌkɔntrəˈvə:ʃəl US ˌka:ntrəˈvə:r ] adj causing a lot of disagreement, because many people have strong opinions about the subject being discussed ▪ the controversial issue of welfare reform ▪ a highly controversial (=very… … Dictionary of contemporary English