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Definition tending to arouse strong disagreement
  • The issue of the death penalty is highly controversial in some states.
controversial = tends to arouse strong disagreement
  • The school reached a controversial decision on affirmative action.
  • controversial = tending to arouse strong disagreement
  • This was a far more controversial topic of discussion, and I could see him wanting to avoid it.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • controversial = tending to arouse strong disagreement
  • This happens sometimes when you publish controversial articles.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • He's interesting, but he's not controversial.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • True, there was a phone—the controversial private phone—on Buddy's desk.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Because it was extremely controversial and the results were immediately covered up, so no one would attempt to replicate them.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Justice Bok sent me a copy of his controversial speech at Radcliffe.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • I assure you I have no desire to be controversial.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Emancipation was a salient issue for Union soldiers because it was controversial.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • But the most controversial one dealt with getting Lomas and Sangra to stop fighting each other.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • She could see that Nick and his parents were not going to be pushed into saying anything controversial.
    Andrew Clements  --  Frindle
  • "And you know," I interrupted, "our work is considered very controversial, certainly by some."
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • As principal he has a veto over controversial stories.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • That chair was controversial, too.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • It is hardly news, nor is it controversial.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The piazza was the sight of a controversial subway stop.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The caption below it says, "A controversial non-call in Buenos Aires."
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • Zayd walks in, talking casually about some new album by Tupac Shakur, the controversial and glamorous rapper, talking like nothing ever happened.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen

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