controversial Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “controversial” in the English Dictionary

"controversial" in British English

See all translations


uk   /ˌkɒn.trəˈvɜː.ʃəl/  us   /ˌkɑːn.trəˈvɝː-/
B2 causingdisagreement or ​discussion: a controversial ​issue/​decision/​speech/​figure The ​book was very controversial.
More examples
adverb uk   us   /-i/
(Definition of controversial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"controversial" in American English

See all translations


 us   /ˌkɑn·trəˈvɜr·ʃəl, -ˈvɜr·si·əl/
causing or ​likely to ​causedisagreement: a controversial ​theory/​movie
adverb  /ˌkɑn·trəˈvɜr·ʃə·li, -ˈvɜr·si·ə·li/
They are also very controversially ​talking about ​taxingSocialSecuritybenefits more than they are now.
(Definition of controversial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “controversial”
in Arabic مُثير لِلجَدل…
in Korean 논란의 여지가 있는…
in Portuguese polêmico, controvertido…
in Catalan polèmic…
in Japanese 物議をかもす…
in Chinese (Simplified) 有争议的, 引起争议的…
in Turkish tartışmalı, tartışmaya açık, nizalı…
in Russian спорный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有爭議的, 引起爭議的…
in Italian controverso, polemico…
in Polish kontrowersyjny…
What is the pronunciation of controversial?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


made of gold

Word of the Day