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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Controversy  \Con"tro*ver`sy\,  n.;  pl  {Controversies}.  [L. 
  controversia,  fr  controversus  turned  against,  disputed; 
  contro-  =  contra  +  versus,  p.  p.  of  vertere  to  turn.  See 
  {Verse}.] 
  1.  Contention;  dispute;  debate;  discussion;  agitation  of 
  contrary  opinions. 
 
  This  left  no  room  for  controversy  about  the  title. 
  --Locke. 
 
  A  dispute  is  commonly  oral,  and  a  controversy  in 
  writing.  --Johnson. 
 
  2.  Quarrel;  strife;  cause  of  variance;  difference. 
 
  The  Lord  hath  a  controversy  with  the  nations.  --Jer. 
  xxv.  31. 
 
  3.  A  suit  in  law  or  equity;  a  question  of  right  [Obs.] 
 
  When  any  man  that  had  a  controversy  came  to  the  king 
  for  judgment.  --2  Sam.  xv 
  2. 
 
  Syn:  Dispute;  debate;  disputation;  disagreement;  altercation; 
  contention;  wrangle;  strife;  quarrel. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  controversy 
  n  :  a  dispute  where  there  is  strong  disagreement;  "they  were 
  involved  in  a  violent  argument"  [syn:  {contention},  {contestation}, 
  {tilt},  {argument},  {arguing}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CONTROVERSY,  n.  A  battle  in  which  spittle  or  ink  replaces  the 
  injurious  cannon-ball  and  the  inconsiderate  bayonet. 
 
  In  controversy  with  the  facile  tongue  -- 
  That  bloodless  warfare  of  the  old  and  young  -- 
  So  seek  your  adversary  to  engage 
  That  on  himself  he  shall  exhaust  his  rage, 
  And  like  a  snake  that's  fastened  to  the  ground, 
  With  his  own  fangs  inflict  the  fatal  wound. 
  You  ask  me  how  this  miracle  is  done? 
  Adopt  his  own  opinions,  one  by  one 
  And  taunt  him  to  refute  them  in  his  wrath 
  He'll  sweep  them  pitilessly  from  his  path. 
  Advance  then  gently  all  you  wish  to  prove, 
  Each  proposition  prefaced  with  "As  you've 
  So  well  remarked,"  or  "As  you  wisely  say 
  And  I  cannot  dispute,"  or  "By  the  way 
  This  view  of  it  which  better  far  expressed, 
  Runs  through  your  argument."  Then  leave  the  rest 
  To  him  secure  that  he'll  perform  his  trust 
  And  prove  your  views  intelligent  and  just 
  Conmore  Apel  Brune 
 
 




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