Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of controverting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Act of controverting; controversy.

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  • noun controversy

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Examples

  • We have an elected leader who claims that he is not subject to the rule of law and has acted, secretly, in controversion of the law.

    Frank Dwyer: Senators: Stand with Feingold

  • Unfortunately, the world was not organized as a game of perfect competition; men did have the lamentable habit of sticking together in foolish disregard of the beneficent consequences of stubbornly following their self-interest; trade unions, for example, were in direct controversion to the principle of each for himself, and the undeniable fact of inequalities of wealth and position did make the starting position of the game something less than absolutely neutral.

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • Unfortunately, the world was not organized as a game of perfect competition; men did have the lamentable habit of sticking together in foolish disregard of the beneficent consequences of stubbornly following their self-interest; trade unions, for example, were in direct controversion to the principle of each for himself, and the undeniable fact of inequalities of wealth and position did make the starting position of the game something less than absolutely neutral.

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • Rauf and others before the Islamic Society in London; they are marked by considerable shrewdness and breadth of view, and though their debatable points may present a few fallacies, their effective controversion requires unusual knowledge of affairs in Moslem countries.

    Pan-Islam

  • Pressures due to the widening of mines beyond the limits of safety must not be taken as a controversion of this statement, as all arches have limits of safety, more especially if the useless material below the theoretical intrados is only partly supported, or is allowed to be suspended from the natural arch.

    Pressure, Resistance, and Stability of Earth American Society of Civil Engineers: Transactions, Paper No. 1174, Volume LXX, December 1910

  • One important demonstration was his controversion of the theory of abiogenesis, or "spontaneous generation," as propounded by Needham and Buffon.

    A History of Science: in Five Volumes. Volume IV: Modern Development of the Chemical and Biological Sciences

  • But I am glad now to cite this capital instance in controversion of my youthful second-hand belief -- because it entirely accords with my more mature conviction that oral tradition, save as a tenacious preserver of place-names, is not to be trusted at all.

    The Christmas Kalends of Provence And Some Other Provençal Festivals

  • Within the cathedral walls, Schneider delivered a discourse in controversion of the Christian religion, which he concluded by solemnly renouncing; a number of Catholic ecclesiastics followed his example.

    Germany from the Earliest Period Volume 4

  • I do not understand, why this beautiful combination of sounds caused so much controversion

    American Bedu

  • Bangle's design efforts have been fairly controversion, particularly the 7 series released in

    Toytown Germany - Germany feed

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