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vex

 (vĕks)
tr.v. vexed, vex·ing, vex·es
1. To irritate, bother, or frustrate: was vexed at the slow pace of reform. See Synonyms at annoy.
2. To cause perplexity in; baffle: "the mathematical, biological, and meteorological problems that vexed and intrigued him all the days of his life" (Robin Marantz Henig).
3. To cause difficulty or trouble to: "He was determined to lay to rest the problem that had most vexed his presidency" (James Carroll).
4. To cause pain or physical distress to; afflict: "O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed" (King James Bible).

[Middle English vexen, from Old French vexer, from Latin vexāre; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.]

vex′ed·ly (vĕk′sĭd-lē) adv.
vex′er n.
vex′ing·ly adv.

vex

(vɛks)
vb (tr)
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]
ˈvexer n
ˈvexing adj
ˈvexingly adv

vex

(vɛks)

v.t.
1. to irritate; annoy; provoke: was told to stop vexing the dog.
2. to torment; trouble; distress; worry: vexed by many problems.
3. to discuss or debate (a subject, question, etc.) with vigor or at great length.
4. to disturb by motion; stir up; toss about.
[1375–1425; < Old French vexer < Latin vexāre to shake, jolt, annoy]
vex′er, n.

vex


Past participle: vexed
Gerund: vexing

Imperative
vex
vex
Present
I vex
you vex
he/she/it vexes
we vex
you vex
they vex
Preterite
I vexed
you vexed
he/she/it vexed
we vexed
you vexed
they vexed
Present Continuous
I am vexing
you are vexing
he/she/it is vexing
we are vexing
you are vexing
they are vexing
Present Perfect
I have vexed
you have vexed
he/she/it has vexed
we have vexed
you have vexed
they have vexed
Past Continuous
I was vexing
you were vexing
he/she/it was vexing
we were vexing
you were vexing
they were vexing
Past Perfect
I had vexed
you had vexed
he/she/it had vexed
we had vexed
you had vexed
they had vexed
Future
I will vex
you will vex
he/she/it will vex
we will vex
you will vex
they will vex
Future Perfect
I will have vexed
you will have vexed
he/she/it will have vexed
we will have vexed
you will have vexed
they will have vexed
Future Continuous
I will be vexing
you will be vexing
he/she/it will be vexing
we will be vexing
you will be vexing
they will be vexing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been vexing
you have been vexing
he/she/it has been vexing
we have been vexing
you have been vexing
they have been vexing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been vexing
you will have been vexing
he/she/it will have been vexing
we will have been vexing
you will have been vexing
they will have been vexing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been vexing
you had been vexing
he/she/it had been vexing
we had been vexing
you had been vexing
they had been vexing
Conditional
I would vex
you would vex
he/she/it would vex
we would vex
you would vex
they would vex
Past Conditional
I would have vexed
you would have vexed
he/she/it would have vexed
we would have vexed
you would have vexed
they would have vexed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.vex - cause annoyance invex - cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
get under one's skin, get - irritate; "Her childish behavior really get to me"; "His lying really gets me"
eat into, rankle, grate, fret - gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The injustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered"
chafe - feel extreme irritation or anger; "He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"
peeve - cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful
ruffle - trouble or vex; "ruffle somebody's composure"
fret - cause annoyance in
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke - annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"
antagonize, antagonise - provoke the hostility of; "Don't antagonize your boss"
displease - give displeasure to
2.vex - disturb the peace of mind ofvex - disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress; "I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me"
misgive - suggest fear or doubt; "Her heart misgave her that she had acted inexcusably"
cark, disorder, disquiet, perturb, unhinge, distract, trouble - disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed; "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"
eat on, eat - worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way; "What's eating you?"
nag - worry persistently; "nagging concerns and doubts"
worry - be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy; "I worry about my job"
3.vex - change the arrangement or position ofvex - change the arrangement or position of
scramble, beat - stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"
toss - agitate; "toss the salad"
rile, roil - make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
poke - stir by poking; "poke the embers in the fireplace"
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
4.vex - subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation; "vex the subject of the death penalty"
deliberate, debate - discuss the pros and cons of an issue
5.vex - be a mystery or bewildering tovex - be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
stump, mix up - cause to be perplexed or confounded; "This problem stumped her"
befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, bedevil, fuddle, throw - be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"
riddle - set a difficult problem or riddle; "riddle me a riddle"
elude, escape - be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me"

vex

verb annoy, bother, irritate, worry, trouble, upset, disturb, distress, provoke, bug (informal), offend, needle (informal), plague, put out, tease, torment, harass, hassle (informal), aggravate (informal), afflict, fret, gall, agitate, exasperate, nettle, pester, displease, rile, pique, peeve (informal), grate on, get on your nerves (informal), nark (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang), give someone grief (Brit. & S. African), get your back up, put your back up Everything about that man vexes me.
please, comfort, soothe, console, hush, appease, gratify, allay, mollify, quiet

vex

verb
To trouble the nerves or peace of mind of, especially by repeated vexations:
Idioms: get in one's hair, get on one's nerves, get under one's skin.
Translations
يُغيظ
trápit
ærgre
ärsyttääkiusatavaivata
angra, ergja
susinervinimas
kaitinātnelikt miera
kızdırmaksinirlendirmek

vex

[veks] VT
1. (= anger) → fastidiar, irritar; (= make impatient) → impacientar, sacar de quicio
2. (= afflict) → afligir
the problems that are vexing the countrylos problemas que afligen el país

vex

[ˈvɛks] vtvexer

vex

vt
(= annoy)ärgern, irritieren; animalsquälen; a problem which has been vexing meein Problem, das mich quält or das mir keine Ruhe lässt
(= afflict)plagen, bedrücken

vex

[vɛks] vtirritare, contrariare

vex

(veks) verb
to annoy or distress (a person). There were no other problems to vex us.
vexˈation noun
1. the state of being vexed.
2. a cause of annoyance or trouble. minor worries and vexations.
References in classic literature ?
It is an excellent plan to have some place where we can go to be quiet, when things vex or grieve us.
I wouldn't vex our people for anything; I love them, I do," said Merrylegs, and he gave a low "ho, ho, ho
Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twentyone years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
Look wicked, Jane: as you know well how to look: coin one of your wild, shy, provoking smiles; tell me you hate me--tease me, vex me; do anything but move me: I would rather be incensed than saddened.
It was autumn, when there were no debates to vex the evening air; and I remember how the leaves smelt like our garden at Blunderstone as we trod them under foot, and how the old, unhappy feeling, seemed to go by, on the sighing wind.
Where I might go, what I might do, or when I might return, were questions utterly unknown to me; nor did I vex my mind with them, for it was wholly set on Provis's safety.
I fled, but he pursu'd (though more, it seems, Inflam'd with lust then rage) and swifter far, Me overtook his mother all dismaid, And in embraces forcible and foule Ingendring with me, of that rape begot These yelling Monsters that with ceasless cry Surround me, as thou sawst, hourly conceiv'd And hourly born, with sorrow infinite To me, for when they list into the womb That bred them they return, and howle and gnaw My Bowels, their repast; then bursting forth Afresh with conscious terrours vex me round, That rest or intermission none I find.
Of course I shall give no signs of even hearing this speech, which will vex them mightily.
The governor and the bystanders laughed, and at their laughter the chaplain was half ashamed, and he replied, 'For all that, Senor Neptune, it will not do to vex Senor Jupiter; remain where you are, and some other day, when there is a better opportunity and more time, we will come back for you.
Even what in that room used to vex me and inconvenience me now looms in a purified light, and figures in my imagination as a thing to be desired.
He could not gather what was vexing her, but it was impossible to him to feel otherwise than that she was the prettiest thing in the world, and that if he could have his way, nothing should ever vex her any more.
Only I wiss I could think of somefin to vex her more than this.