vex

If something vexes you, it brings you trouble or difficulty. In other words, it annoys, worries, distresses, irritates, bothers, or puzzles you.

Vex can be used as an adjective: for example, a vexing issue is not easily solved. The verb vex, the corresponding adjective vexatious, and the noun vexation are all slightly old-fashioned though still in current use. Vex descends through Middle English from Latin vexare, "to shake, attack, trouble."

Definitions of vex
  1. verb
    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    synonyms: annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile
    chafe
    feel extreme irritation or anger
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    get, get under one's skin
    irritate
    eat into, fester, fret, gnaw, grate, rankle
    gnaw into; make resentful or angry
    peeve
    cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful
    ruffle
    trouble or vex
    fret
    cause annoyance in
    beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
    annoy continually or chronically
    antagonise, antagonize
    provoke the hostility of
    goad, needle
    goad or provoke, as by constant criticism
    bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
    treat cruelly
    haze
    harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
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    displease
    give displeasure to
  2. verb
    disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
    synonyms: worry
    worry
    be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy
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    assure, reassure
    cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
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    misgive
    suggest fear or doubt
    eat, eat on
    worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
    nag
    worry persistently
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    cark, disorder, disquiet, distract, perturb, trouble, unhinge
    disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
  3. verb
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    “a vexing problem”
    synonyms: amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy
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    mix up, stump
    cause to be perplexed or confounded
    riddle
    set a difficult problem or riddle
    elude, escape
    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
    defy, refuse, resist
    elude, especially in a baffling way
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    bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
  4. verb
    subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation
    vex the subject of the death penalty”
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    debate, deliberate
    discuss the pros and cons of an issue
  5. verb
    change the arrangement or position of
    synonyms: agitate, commove, disturb, raise up, shake up, stir up
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    beat, scramble
    stir vigorously
    toss
    agitate
    rile, roil
    make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
    poke
    stir by poking
    tumble
    put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying
    whip, whisk
    whip with or as if with a wire whisk
    cream
    make creamy by beating
    muddle, puddle
    make into a puddle
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
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