verb Etymology: controversy Date: 1584 transitive verb to dispute or oppose by reasoning <
controvert a point in a discussion
intransitive verb to engage in controversy • controverter nouncontrovertible adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • controvert — I verb abjure, abnegate, abrogate, answer, answer conclusively, argue, argue the case, argue the point, attack, confute, contend against in discussion, contest, contradict, contradict absolutely, contravene, counter, debate, defeat, deny,… …   Law dictionary

  • Controvert — Con tro*vert, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Controverted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Controverting}.] [See {Controversy}.] To make matter of controversy; to dispute or oppose by reasoning; to contend against in words or writings; to contest; to debate. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • controvert — (v.) c.1600, probably a back formation from CONTROVERSY (Cf. controversy). Related: Controverted; controverting …   Etymology dictionary

  • controvert — vb rebut, refute, *disprove, confute Analogous words: contravene, traverse, impugn, *deny, gainsay: oppose, combat, fight (see RESIST): dispute, debate, agitate, argue, *discuss Antonyms: assert Contrasted words: defend, justify, *maintain …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • controvert — [v] oppose, argue break, challenge, confound, confute, contest, contradict, counter, debate, deny, disconfirm, discuss, disprove, dispute, oppugn, question, rebut, refute, wrangle; concepts 21,46 Ant. agree, forbear, harmonize, make peace,… …   New thesaurus

  • controvert — [kän′trə vʉrt΄, kän΄trə vʉrt′] vt. [back form. < CONTROVERSY, modeled on words ending in vert (e.g., DIVERT, REVERT)] 1. to argue or reason against; contradict; deny; dispute 2. to argue about; debate; discuss SYN. DISPROVE controvertible adj …   English World dictionary

  • controvert — /ˈkɒntrəvɜt/ (say kontruhvert), /kɒntrəˈvɜt/ (say kontruh vert) verb (t) 1. to contend against in discussion; dispute; deny; oppose. 2. to contend about in discussion; debate; discuss. {Latin contrōvert(ere) to turn against} –controverter, noun… …   Australian English dictionary

  • controvert — controverter, controvertist, n. controvertible, adj. controvertibly, adv. /kon treuh verrt , kon treuh verrt /, v.t. 1. to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose. 2. to argue about; debate; discuss. [1600 10; alter. of earlier controverse ( < L… …   Universalium

  • controvert — verb a) To dispute or argue using reason. b) To be involved or engaged in controversy. See Also: controversial, controversialist, controversy, controverter, controverti …   Wiktionary

  • controvert — Synonyms and related words: abjure, air, analyze, answer, answer conclusively, argue down, assert the contrary, be at cross purposes, be contrary to, be opposed to, belie, break, call into question, canvass, challenge, clash, comment upon,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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