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vexed

[vekst] /vɛkst/
adjective
1.
irritated; annoyed:
vexed at the slow salesclerks.
2.
much discussed or disputed:
a vexed question.
3.
tossed about, as waves.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see vex, -ed2
Related forms
vexedly
[vek-sid-lee] /ˈvɛk sɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
vexedness, noun
half-vexed, adjective
unvexed, adjective

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
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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  • The question of what to do with endangered species on private land had long vexed wildlife managers.
  • Because game players seem to have provided an answer to a scientific question that's vexed researchers for a decade.
  • Indeed, making hydrogen fuel cells practical for small-scale applications is a problem that's vexed many companies.
  • And so the questions that have vexed paleontologists for decades are now more urgent than ever.
  • They are ever vexed by anxiety about their diminishing horizons and fading looks.
  • He seemed vexed that it should have disappeared from the landscape but not from his memory.
  • As a result, the driving impetus to move toward the partner returns, and the vexed cycle repeats itself.
  • Disillusioned and vexed, they began turning to the mines and to the hated work of their fathers and grandfathers.
  • Some of her perplexed neighbors accept this explanation as simple and offering a solution of a vexed problem.
  • Never have journalists, through their reporting, vexed the enemies of freedom so much.
British Dictionary definitions for vexed

vexed

/vɛkst/
adjective
1.
annoyed, confused, or agitated
2.
much debated and discussed (esp in the phrase a vexed question)
Derived Forms
vexedly (ˈvɛksɪdlɪ) adverb
vexedness, noun

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 vexed
adj.

mid-15c., past participle adjective from vex. Phrase vexed question attested from 1848.

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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