vex

[veks]
verb (used with object)
1.
to irritate; annoy; provoke: His noisy neighbors often vexed him.
2.
to torment; trouble; distress; plague; worry: Lack of money vexes many.
3.
to discuss or debate (a subject, question, etc.) with vigor or at great length: to vex a question endlessly without agreeing.
4.
to disturb by motion; stir up; toss about.
5.
to afflict with physical pain.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English vexen < Old French vexer < Latin vexāre to shake, jolt, harass, annoy, frequentative of vehere to carry, convey

vexer, noun
vexingly, adverb


1. anger, irk, fret, nettle. 2. hector, harry, harass.


1. delight.
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vex (vɛks)
 
vb
1.  to anger or annoy
2.  to confuse; worry
3.  archaic to agitate
 
[C15: from Old French vexer, from Latin vexāre to jolt (in carrying), from vehere to convey]
 
'vexer
 
n
 
'vexing
 
adj
 
'vexingly
 
adv

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vex
early 15c., from M.Fr. vexer, from L. vexare "to attack, harass, trouble," from vexus, collateral form of vectus, pp. of vehere "to draw, carry" (see vehicle).
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Example sentences
Further scrutiny of financial companies might vex the government as much as the
  firms themselves.
It is fundamental to the immediate problems which vex the nation today.
The problem of unwanted e-mail messages, or spam, continues to vex computer
  users and security professionals.
To hare and rate them thus at every turn, is not to teach them, but to vex and
  torment them to no purpose.
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