English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'controversy'

(noun) 
Definition
argument or debate concerning a matter about which there is strong disagreement
The proposed cuts have caused considerable controversy.
Synonyms
argument
The issue has caused heated political argument.
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debate
There has been a lot of debate about this point.
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row
The meeting descended into an unpleasant row.
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discussion
There was a discussion about the wording of the report.
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dispute
The dispute between them is settled.
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contention
They generally tried to avoid subjects of contention between them.
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quarrel
I had a terrible quarrel with my other brothers.
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squabble
There have been minor squabbles about phone bills.
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strife
The boardroom strife at the company is far from over.
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wrangle
He was involved in a legal wrangle with the Health Secretary.
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wrangling
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polemic
a polemic against the danger of secret societies
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altercation
I had an altercation with some people who objected to our filming.
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dissension
a great deal of dissension within the armed forces

Additional synonyms

in the sense of altercation
Definition
a noisy argument
I had an altercation with some people who objected to our filming.
in the sense of contention
Definition
disagreement or dispute
They generally tried to avoid subjects of contention between them.
Synonyms
in the sense of debate
Definition
a discussion
There has been a lot of debate about this point.

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