- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌkɒn.trəˈvɜː.ʃəl/, /ˌkɒn.tɹəˈvɜː.sjəl/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌkɑn.tɹəˈvɝ.ʃəl/, /ˌkɑn.tɹəˈvɝː.sjəl/
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- Hyphenation: con‧tro‧ver‧sial
- Arousing controversy—a debate or discussion of opposing opinions.
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323:
- Whole libraries of controversial books.
- 2021 September 16, Maher, Bill, Bill Maher on Getting Anger from Both Sides, Our Divided Country & Norm Macdonald’s Passing, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, 7:52 from the start:
- MAHER: Well, whatever. I just said we shouldn't have two national anthems. We're one country. It's not a good idea. We've seen what happens in other countries where you have, you know- when you separate things out. That's never where America was. That's never where liberalism was. It was about being a colorblind society. So, a new national anthem? Fine. I'll go for that. But not two. Because that leads down a road we don't wanna go. Applause.
KIMMEL: Do you feel like...
MAHER: Thank you.
KIMMEL: Hey there's a lot of fear in the air and generally, you don't want to be caught applauding something that might be controversial.
MAHER: I couldn't give a fuck.
KIMMEL: I wasn't talking about you.
- Nouns often used with "controversial": topic, subject, work, author, method, etc.
- controversial in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- controversial in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
controversial (plural controversiales)
- (Latin America) controversial
- Synonym: controvertido
- 2015 December, “Estamos en el comienzo de un reexamen del capitalismo”, in El Pais (Uruguay):
- Esto comienza con los acuerdos de (protección de) inversión que han sido controversiales por cerca de veinte años.
- (please add an English translation of this quote)