adj. 1610s, from Latin controversus “turned against” (see controversy) + -al (1).
v. c.1600, from French controversé, from Latin controversus (see controversy).
adj. c.1600, from stem of Latin controversus (see controversy) + -ary.
[kon-truh-vur-shuh l] /ˌkɒn trəˈvɜr ʃəl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of , or prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; polemical: a controversial book. 2. subject to controversy; debatable: a controversial decision. 3. given to controversy; argumentative; disputatious: a controversial public figure. adj. 1580s, from Late Latin controversialis “pertaining to controversy,” from Latin controversia […]