vexation

[vek-sey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of vexing.
  2. the state of being vexed; irritation; annoyance: vexation at missing the bus.
  3. something that vexes; a cause of annoyance; nuisance: Rush-hour traffic is a daily vexation.

Origin of vexation

1350–1400; Middle English vexacioun < Latin vexātiōn- (stem of vexātiō), equivalent to vexāt(us) (past participle of vexāre to vex; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsself-vex·a·tion, nounsu·per·vex·a·tion, noun
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vexation

noun
  1. the act of vexing or the state of being vexed
  2. something that vexes
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Word Origin and History for vexation
n.

c.1400, from Old French vexation or directly from Latin vexationem (nominative vexatio) "agitation," noun of action from past participle stem of vexare (see vex).

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