controversy

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From Old French controversie, from Latin controversia (debate, contention, controversy), from controversus (turned in an opposite direction).

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controversy (plural controversies)

  1. A debate, discussion of opposing opinions; strife.
    • 2011 October 1, Phil McNulty, “Everton 0 - 2 Liverpool”, BBC Sport:
      The game was engulfed in controversy when Rodwell appeared to win the ball cleanly in a midfield challenge with 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.

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