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[vek-sey-shuh n]
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  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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Silence was painful to me, and reply only accumulated difficulty and vexation.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327


  • "I believe the Evil One is in the box," said he, with some vexation.

    Other Tales and Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • At this accident Jason could not help uttering a cry of vexation.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The man must have been a detestable hypocrite, I think, had he not shown his vexation.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The plural vexed Temple, and he told himself how unreasonable the vexation was.

British Dictionary definitions for vexation


  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


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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