Controversy and Difference


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Controversy noun – An often noisy or angry expression of differing opinions.
Usage example: the seemingly imperishable controversy over the teaching of evolution

Difference is a synonym for controversy in conflict topic. In some cases you can use "Difference" instead a noun "Controversy", when it comes to topics like disagreement, debate.
Nearby Words: controversial, controversialist, controversially
Synonyms for Controversy


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Difference noun – Variance of opinion on a matter.
Usage example: we must try to settle our differences without fighting

Controversy is a synonym for difference in disagreement topic. You can use "Controversy" instead a noun "Difference", if it concerns topics such as conflict, dispute, opposing views.
Nearby Words: different, differentiate, differing, differential, differentiation
Synonyms for Difference

How words are described

similar similar controversy similar difference
considerable considerable controversy considerable difference
critical critical controversy critical difference
obvious obvious controversy obvious difference
Other adjectives: visible, small, real, massive, large, big, great, enormous, huge, little, slight, potential, early, major, minor, significant, vast, cultural, racial, biggest.

Both words in one sentence

  • It can be hard to discern the difference between the two when it comes to nuclear weapons, which is part of why there is so much controversy over this.
  • Film / The American President Wham Line: "...because they don't know the difference." "World of Cardboard" Speech: Shepherd's final speech where he addresses the whole controversy and admits his own faults both in his relationship with Sydney and with the stance he needed to make with policies and bills as the President.
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