controvert

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Borrowed from Medieval Latin contrōvertere, from Latin contrō- (against) + vertere (to turn).

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controvert (third-person singular simple present controverts, present participle controverting, simple past and past participle controverted)

  1. (transitive) To dispute, to argue about (something). [from 16th c.]
  2. (transitive) To argue against (something or someone); to contradict, to deny. [from 16th c.]
  3. (intransitive) To be involved or engaged in controversy; to argue. [from 17th c.]

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