What does the word controversy mean?

Usage examples for controversy

  1. The controversy within his own bosom was carried on for two hours, and then he wrote to Sir Henry, saying that he would be at his chambers at the hour named. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  2. The disciples at Corinth were in the midst of a great controversy. – Woman: Man's Equal by Thomas Webster
  3. The only controversy was as to whether or not Spain's action in the matter was within its rights. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White