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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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