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controversy

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈkɒn.trə.vɜː.si/ /kənˈtrɒv.ə-/ us    /ˈkɑːn.trə.vɝː-/
C1 a lot of disagreement or argument about something, usually because it affects or is important to many people: There was a big controversy surrounding/over the use of drugs in athletics. The policy has caused fierce/heated controversy ever since it was introduced.
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