controversy etymology

English word controversy comes from Latin vertere, Latin versus, Latin contro-, and later Latin controversia ((legal) lawsuit. A quarrel, dispute, debate. Contradiction.)

Detailed word origin of controversy

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
vertere Latin (lat)
versus Latin (lat)
contro- Latin (lat)
controversus Latin (lat) Controversial, debatable, disputed. Turned against or in the opposite direction.
controversia Latin (lat) (legal) lawsuit. A quarrel, dispute, debate. Contradiction.
controversie Old French (fro)
controversy English (eng) A debate, discussion of opposing opinions; strife.

Words with the same origin as controversy

Descendants of vertere
ad adversary advertise advertisement anniversary controversial diverse diversion divert divorce vertigo vortex
Descendants of versus
uni universe varsity