Throughout the years, there has been an overwhelming [tide/amount] of controversies surrounding X.

I want to say that there has been an increase in controversies surrounding X. But I can't seem to find the right word that would fit in there with overwhelming.

I need a word that would mean a lot of as well as an increase. I thought tide works well as it has two effects to it. Picture this- a tide is progressive, going forward. And it can rise too. Is there a word that fits this?

Also, writing Throughout the years in the beginning, means that some has happened over the years, and so just writing 'a lot of' does not seem to work.

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    Well, for starters get rid of the overwhelming, that's the one tripping you off. As long as it stays there you have to use something boring like amount or number, because the overwelming already does all the work. Once it's gone, everything will click into place and you can finally transfer that work to a nice juicy noun that has overwhelming as part of its definition. Like I dunno, avalanche, barrage, flood, myriad, shitton, or any number of others. Don't go with tide, tides come and go and are very shortlived. You're looking for something that keeps ploughing on and on and on.
    – RegDwigнt
    Jun 28, 2018 at 19:49
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    @RegDwigнt I see, you are right about that. Thanks!
    – AIQ
    Jun 28, 2018 at 19:54
  • I like barrage, as suggested by @RegDwigнt. I was actually just about to post that as an answer, but then stopped myself when I read his comment. Jun 29, 2018 at 2:13
  • @JasonBassford According to some of the dictionaries, Barrage means A barrage of something such as criticism or complaints is a large number of them directed at someone, often in an aggressive way // an overwhelming and continuous delivery of something, as words, questions, or punches // a vigorous or rapid outpouring or projection of many things at once. My question is does Barrage work with the word or idea of controversies or is barrage primarily used for questions/insults etc.? Also, would it then be correct to say a barrage of controversies surrounding X? Given X is a policy.
    – AIQ
    Jun 29, 2018 at 2:40
  • @A.Ishtiaq A barrage of controversy works just as well as a barrage of criticism, complaints, or . . . bullets in my mind. Generally, it will fit anything that implies you are overwhelmed or stunned by an onslaught of something. Jun 29, 2018 at 4:27

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You wrote:

Throughout the years, there has been an overwhelming [tide/amount] of controversies surrounding X.

I suggest:

Over time there have been increasing controversies surrounding X.

though I also like:

Throughout the years, there have been a growing number controversies surrounding X.

Others: deluge, flood etc..

  • +1 for flood (seems like a good replacement for overwhelming tide)
    – wrymug
    Jun 28, 2018 at 21:33

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