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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.
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Noun1.vexer - someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)vexer - someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
unwelcome person, persona non grata - a person who for some reason is not wanted or welcome
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References in classic literature ?
"I said it in Hebrew--I said it in Dutch-- I said it in German and Greek: But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much) That English is what you speak!"
This tendency to excuse her conduct or to forget it, in the warmth of admiration, vexes me; and if I did not know that Reginald is too much at home at Churchhill to need an invitation for lengthening his visit, I should regret Mr.
It vexes me now to find that I cannot remember how the book came into my hands, or who could have suggested it to me.
"Oh, it ain't any harm, but it just vexes me to see him act so."
"It vexes me greatly," continued Athos, "that you attach so much importance to these animals, for I am not yet at the end of my story."
"That is what vexes me, and what ought to vex thee, Sancho," replied Don Quixote; "but henceforward I will endeavour to have at hand some sword made by such craft that no kind of enchantments can take effect upon him who carries it, and it is even possible that fortune may procure for me that which belonged to Amadis when he was called
"It is not so much the loss of the money that vexes me," said Villefort, "though, after all, 900,000 francs are worth regretting; but I am the more annoyed with this fate, chance, or whatever you please to call the power which has destroyed my hopes and my fortune, and may blast the prospects of my child also, as it is all occasioned by an old man relapsed into second childhood."
"Well now," he said, "it seems, my dear friend, that something vexes you; you are ill, perhaps?
Now, I wished to speak with him, but I have not been able to reach him because of the throng, which vexes me greatly, as I stand in need of money."
What vexes me much is that I am such an insignificant creature that it matters nothing to anybody whether I have done bad actions or not!
Laurie, who is in one of his tantrums about something, which vexes the old gentleman, so I dursn't go nigh him."
Tha' doesn't know what he's like when anything vexes him.