vexation

Vexation is both something that causes annoyance and the state of mind that results from being annoyed. The test-taker next to you tapping her pencil is a vexation. You breaking her pencil in half makes her feel vexation.

Vexation can also refer to something that causes anxiety and worry more than annoyance. When the parents of the kid you're babysitting are two hours late to return and aren’t answering their phones, that could be a vexation. You are less annoyed than worried. (Though, to be honest, you're still a little annoyed).

DEFINITIONS OF: vexation

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n anger produced by some annoying irritation

Synonyms:
annoyance, chafe
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irritation, pique, temper
a sudden outburst of anger
frustration
a feeling of annoyance at being hindered or criticized
aggravation, exasperation
an exasperated feeling of annoyance
harassment, torment
a feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented
displeasure
the feeling of being displeased or annoyed or dissatisfied with someone or something
Type of:
anger, choler, ire
a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance

n the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed

Synonyms:
annoyance, botheration, irritation
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bummer
an experience that is irritating or frustrating or disappointing
huff, miff, seeing red
a state of irritation or annoyance
pinprick
a minor annoyance
impatience, restlessness
a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay
snit
a state of agitated irritation
Type of:
mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state
(psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic

n something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

Synonyms:
concern, headache, worry
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bugaboo
a source of concern
burden, encumbrance, incumbrance, load, onus
an onerous or difficult concern
business
a rightful concern or responsibility
dead weight
an oppressive encumbrance
fardel
a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)
imposition
an uncalled-for burden
pill
something unpleasant or offensive that must be tolerated or endured
Type of:
negative stimulus
a stimulus with undesirable consequences

n the act of troubling or annoying someone

Synonyms:
annoyance, annoying, irritation
Types:
exasperation
actions that cause great irritation (or even anger)
red flag
something that irritates or demands immediate action
exacerbation
violent and bitter exasperation
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mistreatment
the practice of treating (someone or something) badly
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