considerable, great, major
bitter, fierce (esp. BrE), heated, intense, raging
fresh, further, new, renewed
current, recent
continued, continuing, long-standing, ongoing
academic, critical, scholarly (esp. BrE)
ethical, legal, political, scientific
religious, theological
arouse, cause, create, engender, excite (esp. BrE), generate, give rise to

What they are doing is bound to stir up controversy.

fuel, ignite, provoke, spark, spark off, stir, stir up, trigger
be dogged by (esp. BrE), be marked by, be surrounded by

This year's championships have been marked by controversy.

avoid, shy away from

The president seemed anxious to avoid controversy about these appointments.

end, quell, resolve, settle

Public funding could resolve the controversy surrounding campaign finance.

run into (BrE)

The network ran into controversy over claims of faked documentary footage.

be no stranger to

Ms Benjamin, who is no stranger to controversy herself, said the scandal could have serious repercussions.


The singer deliberately courts controversy with his lyrics.

arise, break out, erupt

A fierce controversy has broken out over the issue.


Controversy is raging over the route of the new road.


Controversy exists as to how safe these drugs are.

continue, persist

Today, the controversy continues over whether Shakespeare wrote all his plays.

centre/center on sth

The controversy centred/centered on the issue of compensation for the victims.

surround sth

Much controversy surrounds the new exam.

amid controversy

He has resigned amid continuing controversy over his expense claims.

controversy about, controversy concerning, controversy over

There has been a lot of controversy over the use of these drugs.

controversy among

controversy among historians

controversy between

controversy between the two leaders

controversy surrounding

the bitter controversy surrounding the introduction of the new regulations

controversy with

her long-running controversy with fellow academics

a matter of controversy, a source of controversy, a subject of controversy
a firestorm of controversy (AmE), a storm of controversy

The book raised a storm of controversy.

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