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 Meanings and Examples of CONTROVERSIAL
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 a.  giving rise or likely to give rise to public disagreement; disputable
Classic Sentence:
1  I assure you I have no desire to be controversial.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER III
2  I have spoken above of the effects produced in Rome by the controversies between the commons and the senate.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER VI.
3  Wherefore, it seems to me worth while to consider whether the government of Rome could ever have been constituted in such a way as to prevent like controversies.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER VI.
4  So that controversies, wranglings, disputes, and positiveness, in false or dubious propositions, are evils unknown among the Houyhnhnms.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 4: CHAPTER VIII.
5  I have had controversies about it with experienced whalemen afloat, and learned naturalists ashore.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 68. The Blanket.
6  But of all their controversies, none was so bitter as the one that took place over the windmill.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Get Context   In Chapter V
7  After much controversy and wrangling, these factions would presently proceed to bloodshed, to pulling down houses, plundering property, and all the other violent courses usual in divided cities.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER XXVII.
8  procreation and mutual support and assistance whilst they are together; but only decides any controversy that may arise between man and wife about them.
Second Treatise of Government By John Locke
Get Context   In CHAPTER VII
9  It is pitiable that frantic efforts must be made at critical times to get law-makers in some States even to listen to the respectful presentation of the black man's side of a current controversy.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois
Get Context   In IX
10  Many hundred large volumes have been published upon this controversy: but the books of the Big-endians have been long forbidden, and the whole party rendered incapable by law of holding employments.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift
Get Context   In PART 1: CHAPTER IV.
11  Magua seemed also content to rest the controversy as well as all further communication there, for he resumed the leaning attitude against the rock from which, in momentary energy, he had arisen.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 10
12  With this controversy, and with the means he had adopted to counteract this clerical persecution, Cedric found the mind of his friend Athelstane so fully occupied, that it had no room for another idea.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLIV
13  We are also to observe that upon our continent, this distemper is like religious controversy, confined to a particular spot.
Candide By Voltaire
Get Context   In IV
Example Sentence: (30 in 3 pages)
1  The government brought in a controversial law under which it could take any land it wanted.
2  The school's controversial methods have come under examination by the local authority.
3  The candidate tried to run away from controversial issues by pretending to be ill.
4  Her speech steered clear of controversial issues.
5  As a controversial public figure he has breasted much hostile criticism.
6  Abortion is a highly controversial issue.
7  Since the controversial programme was broadcast, the BBC's mailbag has been bulging.
8  Their single-minded pursuit of this controversial strategy led to their fall from power.
9  The committee backtracked by scrapping the controversial bonus system.
10  Milosevic, a very controversial figure, a man often called the butcher of the Balkans by his critics, was found dead at his cell in a U.N. detention center.
11  In fact one of the main criticisms of Mr. Brown is that throughout the last ten years he's been particularly adept at avoiding association with some of Mr. Blair's more controversial decisions.
12  A decision to exclude a third of the countries on that initial list would be controversial, as debt cancellation is a key element to alleviate global poverty.
13  In other controversial news, it seems that the Germans are getting irritable, which is most unlike them.
14  In the Senate, every proponent of the universal health care measure lobbied to gain additional support for the controversial legislation.
15  A controversial new edition of a Japanese history text book has been chosen by a public school board for use in its schools.