American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, producing, or marked by controversy: a controversial movie; a controversial stand on human rights.
- adj. Fond of controversy; disputatious.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to controversy; characterized by or connected with disputation; disputatious: as, a controversial discourse.
- adj. Arousing controversy—a debate or discussion of opposing opinions.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Relating to, or consisting of, controversy; disputatious; polemical.
- adj. marked by or capable of arousing controversy
- From Latin controversia ("controversy") + -al; see controversy. (Wiktionary)
“The word controversial doesn't begin to describe this remarkably frank but profoundly disturbing book, which not only attempts to defend sex for pay, but insists it's preferable to romantic love.”
“In response the Commission's spokesman, Andy Saenz, the spokesperson for the Commission, said the commission did not want what it described as "controversial implications" about global warming included in the report.”
“Whenever a news story makes mention of The Huffington Post's bloggers, the word "controversial" is often attached.”
“The first of these are what we call controversial activities.”
“She said some teachers take issue with the use of the word "controversial.”
“He quickly got down to promoting what he described as the controversial $938 billion package's benefits.”
“(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Victims of clergy sex abuse blasted Catholic officials in Portland today for "playing legal hardball" in what they describe as a controversial and ground-breaking clergy sex abuse and cover up case”
“But, about the only controversy surrounding the film's release here took place a couple weeks ago when Israel Railways banned a poster on their trains and depots advertising Bruno because of what it calls controversial content.”
“Steele, whose first term as chairman has been controversial, is all but certain to draw opposition for the post.”
“Mr. Steele, whose first term as chairman has been controversial, is likely to face opposition in a contest that could create a distraction for Republicans at a time when they're hoping to re-establish their ability to build consensus and lead.”
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