3. A suit in law or equity; a question of right. [Obs.]

When any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment.
2 Sam. xv. 2.

Syn. — Dispute; debate; disputation; disagreement; altercation; contention; wrangle; strife; quarrel.

(Con"tro*vert) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Controverted; p. pr. & vb. n. Controverting.] [See Controversy.] To make matter of controversy; to dispute or oppose by reasoning; to contend against in words or writings; to contest; to debate.

Some controverted points had decided according to the sense of the best jurists.

(Con"tro*ver`ter) n. One who controverts; a controversial writer; a controversialist.

Some controverters in divinity are like swaggerers in a tavern.
B. Jonson.

(Con`tro*ver"ti*ble) a. Capable of being controverted; disputable; admitting of question. Con`tro*ver"ti*bly, adv.

(Con"tro*ver`tist) n. One skilled in or given to controversy; a controversialist.

How unfriendly is the controvertist to the discernment of the critic!

(Con*tu"ber*nal Con`tu*ber"ni*al) , a. [L. contubernalis a tent companion, fr. contubernium tent companionship.] Living or messing together; familiar; in companionship.

Humble folk ben Christes friends: they ben contubernial with the Lord, thy King.

(Con`tu*ma"cious) a. [L. contumax, -acis. See Contumacy.]

1. Exhibiting contumacy; contemning authority; obstinate; perverse; stubborn; disobedient.

There is another very, efficacious method for subding the most obstinate, contumacious sinner.

2. (Law) Willfully disobedient to the summous or prders of a court. Blackstone.

Syn. — Stubborn; obstinate; obdurate; disobedient; perverse; unyielding; headstrong.

Con`tu*ma"cious*ly, adv.Con`tu*ma"cious*ness, n.

(Con"tu*ma*cy) n.; pl. Contumacies [L. contumacia, fr. contumax, -acis, insolent; prob. akin to contemnere to despise: cf. F. contumace. Cf. Contemn.]

1. Stubborn perverseness; pertinacious resistance to authority.

The bishop commanded him . . . to be thrust into the stocks for his manifest and manifold contumacy.

2. (Law) A willful contempt of, and disobedience to, any lawful summons, or to the rules and orders of court, as a refusal to appear in court when legally summoned.

Syn. — Stubbornness; perverseness; obstinacy.

(Con`tu*me"li*ous) a. [L. contumeliosus.]

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