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.]
Contention; dispute; debate; discussion; agitation of contrary opinions.
This left no room for controversy about the title.
A dispute is commonly oral, and a controversy in writing.
Quarrel; strife; cause of variance; difference.
The Lord hath a controversy with the nations.
Jer. xxv. 31.
A suit in law or equity; a question of right.
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.
© Webster 1913.