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vex

[veks] /vɛks/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English vexen < Old French vexer < Latin vexāre to shake, jolt, harass, annoy, frequentative of vehere to carry, convey
Related forms
vexer, noun
vexingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. anger, irk, fret, nettle. 2. hector, harry, harass.
Antonyms
1. delight.
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  • 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.
  • Similar problems vex local housing agencies across the country.
  • One factor that continues to vex us is determination of original volumes.
British Dictionary definitions for vex

vex

/vɛks/
verb (transitive)
1.
to anger or annoy
2.
to confuse; worry
3.
(archaic) to agitate
Derived Forms
vexer, noun
vexing, adjective
vexingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French vexer, from Latin vexāre to jolt (in carrying), from vehere to convey
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Word Origin and History for vex
v.

early 15c., from Middle French vexer, from Latin vexare "to attack, harass, trouble," from vexus, collateral form of vectus, past participle of vehere "to draw, carry" (see vehicle). Related: Vexed; vexing.

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