One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of "controvert"; disputation, argument; opposition to or contradiction of a claim or assertion; engagement in controversy.
2The action of turning in the opposite direction (literal and figurative); an instance of this.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Copie Lettre sent to Preachers. From (i) Middle French controversion controversy, quarrel.
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