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controversynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈkɒn.trə.vɜː.si/ /kənˈtrɒv.ə.si/ us /ˈkɑːn.trə.vɝː.si/

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 article unleashed a scientific controversy that raged for years.
[ U ] The president’s decisions stirred up a lot controversy.

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There was some controversy within my group over issues such as funding for institutions with competences in the field, and inspections and whether or not they disrupt port operations.
We also spoke about two energy sources which are very different from each other but which share the distinction of provoking the greatest political controversy.
The new key challenge of sustainable consumption and production models caused a great deal of controversy, but has now been incorporated into the strategy.
Two points have caused a great deal of controversy and a number of amendments concerning them have been tabled in plenary.
There was much controversy in our group as well about the intermediate category, and it was decided to have a free vote.
I know that my package of proposals designed to remedy the problems in the beef market is the subject of controversy.
Controversy has erupted over the building permits granted by the mayors, who have been made personally responsible for the deaths that have occurred in their municipalities.
We do not therefore want this report to become an object of controversy, but rather a genuine instrument for improving public accounts.
All of them gave rise to controversy.
We are in danger of forgetting that without conflict and social controversy, however heated and powerful, there can be no democracy.

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