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
The lack of fingerprints can cause vexing social problems, which are magnified
  because few people have heard of the condition.
Knowing how to measure the rise, however, can be vexing.
Even more vexing was the weariness and pain he felt each evening, when he
  finally had a chance to rest his limbs.
Sometimes it takes a small, focused company to solve a vexing design dilemma.
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