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He was one of the controversial church’s best-known members and eventually settled near its headquarters in Clearwater, Fla.

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet on Thursday rolled back a controversial standard regarding the use of racial epithets at the newspaper.

If you like your athletes docile, this is a controversial shift in temperament.

According to one adviser, he has pushed his team to produce its own videos to counter those of their opponents — including shots of Democratic lawmakers making controversial statements over the years.

Part of what made Trek’s 48-times claim so controversial was that it was—and still is—almost unheard of for helmet brands to make such specific claims about protection.

Jones is a veteran of another beloved-yet-controversial animated series on Adult Swim, The Boondocks.

That is why The Daily Beast stands with Charlie Hebdo and published their controversial covers in the wake of the attack.

While this deferred action is controversial in the United States, in Mexico, what Obama did is universally popular.

The Eighty-ninth Congress was potentially more fertile ground for the broad range of controversial programs on his dream agenda.

Zufi understands that his work can be controversial to many within his community.

He was the author of many learned theological works and controversial publications.

Joseph Blanco White, an English preacher and controversial writer, died, aged 67.

John Penry, an English controversial writer, executed for heresy against the episcopacy.

As time passed, the old question of the state debt loomed more important and more controversial than ever.

I may equally charge controversial writers with fraud, when they falsify the words or arguments of an opponent.


On this page you'll find 50 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to controversial, such as: contentious, disputed, dubious, questionable, arguable, and argumentative.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.