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- (UK) now more common: IPA(key): /kənˈtɹɒvəsi/, more traditional: IPA(key): /ˈkɒntɹəˌvɜːsi/
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- (US, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈkɑntɹəˌvɝsi/
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- A debate or discussion of opposing opinions; (generally) strife.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:dispute
- 1605, Francis Bacon, “The First Booke”, in The Tvvoo Bookes of Francis Bacon. Of the Proficience and Aduancement of Learning, Diuine and Humane, London: Printed [by Thomas Purfoot and Thomas Creede] for Henrie Tomes, […], OCLC 932932554, folio 11, recto:
- [A]nd it is without all controuerſie, that learning doth make the minds of men gentle, generous, maniable, and pliant to gouernment; whereas Ignorance makes them churlish[,] thwart, and mutinous; [...]
- 2011 October 1, Phil McNulty, “Everton 0 – 2 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport, archived from the original on 15 July 2019:
- The game was engulfed in controversy when [Jack] Rodwell appeared to win the ball cleanly in a midfield challenge with [Luis] Suarez. The tackle drew an angry response from Liverpool's players – Lucas in particular as Suarez writhed in agony – but it was an obvious injustice when the England Under-21 midfielder was shown the red card.
debate, discussion of opposing opinions