controversial

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From Latin controversia (controversy) + -al; see controversy.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /kɑn.tɹə.ˈvɝ.ʃəl/, /kɑn.tɹə.ˈvɝ.si.əl/

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controversial (comparative more controversial, superlative most controversial)

  1. Arousing controversy—a debate or discussion of opposing opinions.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Macaulay:
      Whole libraries of controversial books.

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  • Nouns often used with "controversial": topic, subject, work, author, method, etc.

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