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Controversy, Contraversy, n. Also: controverse, -versie, -wersie; contraverse (pl. -eis, -iis), -wersey. [ME. controversye (Wyclif), contraversy, OF. controversie, L. -versia.] A controversy, dispute, debate.(a) 1398 Liber Melros 489.
Archebalde Mcdowell … to pay … thretty pund forouten al manere of cauillacioun, controuersy, questioun, fraude, force, and male engine
1409 Exch. R. IV. p. ccx.
In case that outhir controversy or bargane happyn amang thair men
1483 Misc. Spald. C. V. 26.
Eftir that thai … wer accordit apon certane debate and controuersy betuixt thame
1543 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 113.
For vtter extinctioun of pley and controuersie that hes bene amangis thame in tyme bypast
a1578 Pitsc. II. 181/24.
In this ȝeir thair was ane gret controwersie about the schereffschip of Fyffe
1596 Dalr. I. 126/10.
To agrie the parties quhair was controuersie
1611 Brechin Test. II. 133.
That all controverse and question of law be saitlit … betuix … thame
(b) c1420 Wynt. vii. 904.
Apon this … Betwene thame cawsyd wes contraversys
1490 Acta Aud. 144/2.
To … gif thair sentence and consale in all the saidis materis and contrauersiis
1513 Doug. xii. xiv. 32.
A marche set … for to decern tharby The ald debait of pley or contrauersy
1564 Buccleuch Mun. II. 449.
Gif it sal happin ony contraverse or pley to fall
1578 Montgomery Mem. 218.
To tak trew … partt … in all … contrauerseis and debettis
1657 Balfour Ann. I. 68.
A contrawersey that had arrissen

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