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noun [countable/uncountable] controversy pronunciation in British English /ˈkɒntrəvɜː(r)si/ controversy pronunciation in British English /kənˈtrɒvə(r)si/ 
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  1. a disagreement, especially about a public policy or a moral issue that a lot of people have strong feelings about

    The election ended in controversy, with allegations of widespread vote-rigging.

    controversy over/about:

    the recent controversy over the rates banks charge for exchanging currencies

    create/spark/stir/cause controversy:

    The decision to allow more cars on the ferry was sure to spark controversy.


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