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  1. irritated; annoyed: vexed at the slow salesclerks.
  2. much discussed or disputed: a vexed question.
  3. tossed about, as waves.
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Origin of vexed

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at vex, -ed2
Related formsvex·ed·ly [vek-sid-lee] /ˈvɛk sɪd li/, adverbvex·ed·ness, nounhalf-vexed, adjectiveun·vexed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unvexed

Historical Examples

  • I have given no small attention to that not unvexed subject, the skin of the whale.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale

    Herman Melville

  • Else why not repose in quiet, unvexed by Preparations for War?

  • It was like gazing down from some headland into a silent, unvexed sea.

    My Lady of the North

    Randall Parrish

  • The shores were once more a clear picture, greener than ever and unvexed by the wind.

    Gideon's Band

    George W. Cable

  • He had lived simply, independently, and unvexed by ambition.

British Dictionary definitions for unvexed


  1. annoyed, confused, or agitated
  2. much debated and discussed (esp in the phrase a vexed question)
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Derived Formsvexedly (ˈvɛksɪdlɪ), adverbvexedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unvexed



mid-15c., past participle adjective from vex. Phrase vexed question attested from 1848.

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