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The film benefited from the controversy.
  a dispute where there is strong disagreement
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Strongly Associated with:   controversial, incontrovertible
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  • The film benefited from the controversy.
  • A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death.
    Robert Maynard Hutchins
  • She withdrew from nomination due to the controversy surrounding her taxes.
  • In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved
    The Bill Of Rights

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  • It will start a controversy that will be worth thousands to you just in advertising.
    Jack London  --  Martin Eden
  • Don’t step on the toes of the dog-lovers, the cat-lovers, doctors... The people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not meant to represent any actual painters, cartographers, mechanics anywhere. The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that!
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Mr. Stone had long been suspected of liberal tendencies; he was too friendly, some thought, with his Yankee brethren; he had recently emerged partially damaged from a controversy over the Apostles’ Creed; and worst of all, he was thought to be ambitious.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "You think it’s just a coincidence that every time some congresswoman or blogger talks about monopoly, they suddenly become ensnared in some terrible sex-porn-witchcraft controversy?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "There has been much controversy regarding the 126th Annual Peace Festival due to the emperor’s illness, but Prince Kaito has told the press that the festival will continue as scheduled and that he hopes it might bring some joy in this otherwise tragic time."
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • ) And the precise rating of kisses is a terribly difficult thing, often leading to great controversy, because although everyone agrees with the formula of affection times purity times intensity times duration, no one has ever been completely satisfied with how much weight each element should receive.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride

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  • Everyone loved the princesses because of their great beauty, their gentle ways, and their ability to settle all controversies fairly and reasonably.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • A New York lieutenant wrote to his sister in January, 1863, that in his officers’ mess "we have had several pretty spirited, I may call them hot, controversies about slavery, the Emancipation Edict and kindred subjects."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Whatever he said seemed to cause some controversy.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • But of all their controversies, none was so bitter as the one that took place over the windmill.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Though 85 percent of Joetsu residents donated to the park fund, the plan generated heated controversy.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The article started a violent controversy in art circles.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • For a detailed account of the contamination controversy, see A Conspiracy of Cells, by Michael Gold.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Maybe the reason war and all that other stuff went away is that there are no more controversies, no disagreements, no people demanding change.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • In the midst of the controversy, an outside audit of Korean Air’s operations was leaked to the public.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • I have had controversies about it with experienced whalemen afloat, and learned naturalists ashore.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Langdon certainly understood the controversy.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • There’s such a controversy about Rearden Metal.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Now he had had a confidential talk with his mother, only to discover that before he was born, before the first nerve end had formed in his mother’s womb, he was the subject of great controversy and strife.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • During a controversy of this character, Jeems Cunningham testified that his mother spelled it Cunningham on deeds and things, but she was really a Coningham, she was an uncertain speller, a seldom reader, and was given to looking far away sometimes when she sat on the front gallery in the evening.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The warm-blooded controversy had raged for fifteen years, before a new perception of dinosaurs as quick-moving, active animals was acecpted-but not without lasting animosities.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • You’ve become identified with that controversy and it’s our job to bring such subjects to the eyes of our readers.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Magua seemed also content to rest the controversy as well as all further communication there, for he resumed the leaning attitude against the rock from which, in momentary energy, he had arisen.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Prithee, Kate, let’s stand aside and see the end of this controversy.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • And therein lies the fundamental dilemma and the controversy of Fire World–and the reason the planet has not been closed, though there has certainly been adequate time to populate it fully.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Fyfe’s response, though, was to sidestep that controversy and conduct a study.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • The Vatican prelature known as Opus Dei is a deeply devout Catholic sect that has been the topic of recent controversy due to reports of brainwashing, coercion, and a dangerous practice known as "corporal mortification."
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • We are also to observe that upon our continent, this distemper is like religious controversy, confined to a particular spot.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • This argument has, understandably, sparked a great deal of controversy in the popular press.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Bazin, who had been standing listening to all this controversy with a pious jubilation, sprang toward them, took the breviary of the curate and the missal of the Jesuit, and walked respectfully before them to clear their way.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • We held daily controversies upon this subject.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Many hundred large volumes have been published upon this controversy: but the books of the Bigendians have been long forbidden, and the whole party rendered incapable by law of holding employments.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • [1] Of whom the hound is the symbol, and to whom Dante looked for the deliverance of Italy from the discorda and misrule that made her wretched, is still matter of doubt, after centuries of controversy.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The citizen bids for a few turns, contemptuously measuring his opponent; but the bullet-head has the advantage over him, both in obstinacy and concealed length of purse, and the controversy lasts but a moment; the hammer falls,—he has got the girl, body and soul, unless God help her!
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I acquainted him with the cause in controversy between the Jew and Antonio the merchant; we turn’d o’er many books together; he is furnished with my opinion which, bettered with his own learning,—the greatness whereof I cannot enough commend,—comes with him at my importunity to fill up your Grace’s request in my stead.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Faith, there has been much to do on both sides; and the nation holds it no sin to tarre them to controversy: there was, for awhile, no money bid for argument unless the poet and the player went to cuffs in the question.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • There has been much controversy on the question of the relationship between the Genesis flood and that of the Assyrian, Babylonian, and Sumerian writers.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Sancho insisted that it was an inn, and his master that it was not one, but a castle, and the dispute lasted so long that before the point was settled they had time to reach it, and into it Sancho entered with all his team without any further controversy.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It was the cause of bitter controversies.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But Mr. Madison, trying so hard to contain the controversy, looked tired.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Martial law enabled the army to assume the functions of arbitrator in the controversy, but no effort at conciliation was made.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • As American religious ideals changed, however, the joking criticism turned to controversy, and the statue was removed, banished to a shed in the east garden.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • But you know how the theologians in their collegiate chairs, and philosophers in their controversies, occasionally say cruel truths; let us suppose for the moment that we are theologizing in a social way, or even philosophically, and I will say to you, rude as it may seem, ’My brother, you sacrifice greatly to pride; you may be above others, but above you there is God.’
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Phillip hears the conversation crest forward, with tap dancing mentioned in the same breath as a similar controversy-now ended-over his brother Israel’s sax playing.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Her most intimate friend at school had been one of rather exceptional intellectual gifts, who wrote fine-sounding essays, which Edna admired and strove to imitate; and with her she talked and glowed over the English classics, and sometimes held religious and political controversies.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • In March 1995 I received a call from an editor at Outside magazine proposing that I join a guided Everest expedition scheduled to depart five days hence and write an article about the mushrooming commercialization of the mountain and the attendant controversies.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
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Associated words [difficulty]:   controversy [2] , controversial [2] , incontrovertible [6] , controversial [2] , controvert [8]
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