how to pronounce controversial


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controversial is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of controversial in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… we knew it was controversial we tell us …”

meanings of controversial


  1. Arousing controversy—a debate or discussion of opposing opinions.

controversial frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word controversial occurs in english on average 13.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics controversial can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that controversial can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

words that rhyme with controversial


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