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Meaning of “controversy” in the English Dictionary

"controversy" in British English

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controversynoun [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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(Definition of controversy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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controversynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈkɑn·trəˌvɜr·si/
a ​disagreement, often a ​public one, that ​involves different ​ideas or ​opinions about something: [C] Publication of the ​articleunleashed a ​scientific controversy that ​raged for ​years. [U] The president’s ​decisionsstirred up a lot controversy.
(Definition of controversy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “controversy”
in Korean 논란…
in Arabic جَدال…
in Malaysian kontroversi…
in French controverse…
in Russian спор…
in Chinese (Traditional) 爭議, 爭論, 爭辯…
in Italian controversia, polemica…
in Turkish tartışma, münakaşa, nizah…
in Polish kontrowersja…
in Spanish controversia…
in Vietnamese cuộc tranh luận…
in Portuguese polêmica, controvérsia…
in Thai การโต้เถียงอย่างรุนแรง…
in German die Kontroverse…
in Catalan controvèrsia…
in Japanese 議論…
in Chinese (Simplified) 争议, 争论, 争辩…
in Indonesian kontroversi…
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