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Definition disagreement — especially regarding a public issue that arouses strong feelings
  • The film benefited from the controversy.
controversy = disagreement
  • She withdrew from nomination due to the controversy surrounding her taxes.
  • controversy = disagreement
  • A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death.
    Robert Maynard Hutchins
  • It will start a controversy that will be worth thousands to you just in advertising.
    Jack London  --  Martin Eden
  • 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
  • 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
  • controversy = disagreement
  • Don't step on the toes of the dog-lovers, the cat-lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico. ... The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that!
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • controversy = disputes where there is strong disagreement
  • Though 85 percent of Joetsu residents donated to the park fund, the plan generated heated controversy.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • For a detailed account of the contamination controversy, see A Conspiracy of Cells, by Michael Gold.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Fyfe's response, though, was to sidestep that controversy and conduct a study.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Avoid controversy and argument.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Aiming for controversy, are we?
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • When the others find out about Mink's latest caper, there is a period of prolonged controversy, animosity, litigation and disgrace.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The only controversy came when Brandon Spikes tried to poke a guy in the eye.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • Prithee, Kate, let's stand aside and see the end of this controversy.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • This argument has, understandably, sparked a great deal of controversy in the popular press.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • But Mr. Madison, trying so hard to contain the controversy, looked tired.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • There'll be plenty of erudite controversy you can be sure!
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • It was the cause of bitter controversies.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns.
    George Washington  --  Washington's Farewell Address

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