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
  1. noun
    anger produced by some annoying irritation
    synonyms: annoyance, chafe
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    irritation, pique, temper
    a sudden outburst of anger
    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
    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
  2. noun
    the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
    synonyms: annoyance, botheration, irritation
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    an experience that is irritating or frustrating or disappointing
    huff, miff, seeing red
    a state of irritation or annoyance
    a minor annoyance
    impatience, restlessness
    a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay
    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
  3. noun
    something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
    synonyms: concern, headache, worry
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    a source of concern
    burden, encumbrance, incumbrance, load, onus
    an onerous or difficult concern
    a rightful concern or responsibility
    dead weight
    an oppressive encumbrance
    a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)
    an uncalled-for burden
    something unpleasant or offensive that must be tolerated or endured
    type of:
    negative stimulus
    a stimulus with undesirable consequences
  4. noun
    the act of troubling or annoying someone
    synonyms: annoyance, annoying, irritation
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    actions that cause great irritation (or even anger)
    red flag
    something that irritates or demands immediate action
    violent and bitter exasperation
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    the practice of treating (someone or something) badly
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