• (British) now more common: IPA: /kənˈtɹɒvəsi/, more traditional: IPA: /ˈkɒntɹəˌvɜːsi/
  • (America, Canada) IPA: /ˈkɑntɹəˌvɝsi/


  1. A debate#Noun|debate or discussion of opposing#Adjective|opposing opinions; (generally) strife.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:dispute
    • 1605, Francis Bacon, “The First Booke”, in The Tvvoo Bookes of Francis Bacon. Of the Proficience and Aduancement of Learning, Diuine and Humane, London: Printed [by Thomas Purfoot and Thomas Creede] for Henrie Tomes, […], OCLC 932932554 ↗, folio 11, recto ↗:
      [A]nd it is without all controuerſie, that learning doth make the minds of men gentle, generous, maniable, and pliant to gouernment; whereas Ignorance makes them churlish[,] thwart, and mutinous; [...]
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