controversial - definition and synonyms

 
 
adjective 

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/ˌkɒntrəˈvɜː(r)ʃ(ə)l/
  1. a controversial subject, opinion, or decision is one that people disagree about or do not approve of

    controversial plans to build a new motorway

    a controversial issue/topic/proposal/decision:

    We tried to stay away from controversial topics at the dinner party.

    1. a.
      sometimes used about a person, especially a person in public life

      The president’s wife was a powerful and controversial figure.