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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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  • Defining sustainability vexes hydrologists too, particularly with ancient fossil aquifers that will inevitably run dry eventually.
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  • It's a conundrum that vexes any president: there's no short-term gain for long-term wisdom.
British Dictionary definitions for vexes

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 vexes

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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