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

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. Unabridged
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vex (vɛks)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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
Defining sustainability vexes hydrologists too, particularly with ancient fossil aquifers that will inevitably run dry eventually.
But the effect also vexes medical research, where you might think great patient data is there for the tabulating.
It's a conundrum that vexes any president: there's no short-term gain for long-term wisdom.
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