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controversy
used in Gulliver's Travels

4 uses
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Definition
disagreement — especially regarding a public issue that arouses strong feelings
  • 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.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (50% in)
  • I told him, "although it were the custom of our learned in Europe to steal inventions from each other, who had thereby at least this advantage, that it became a controversy which was the right owner; yet I would take such caution, that he should have the honour entire, without a rival."
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (48% in)
  • Now your honour is to know, that these judges are persons appointed to decide all controversies of property, as well as for the trial of criminals, and picked out from the most dexterous lawyers, who are grown old or lazy; and having been biassed all their lives against truth and equity, lie under such a fatal necessity of favouring fraud, perjury, and oppression, that I have known some of them refuse a large bribe from the side where justice lay, rather than injure the faculty, by...
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (37% in)
  • So that controversies, wranglings, disputes, and positiveness, in false or dubious propositions, are evils unknown among the Houyhnhnms.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (61% in)

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