controversy

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Controversy is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /kənˈtrɒvəsi/ or /ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːsi/
  • (US) (Canada) IPA: /ˈkɑntrəˌvɝsi/
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Noun[change]

Singular
controversy

Plural
controversies

  1. When there is a controversy about something, people don't agree about it and there is a lot of talking about it.
    There's a controversy about whether cars should be allowed to drive in this part of the city.
    Newspapers love to write about controversies.