[ vek-sey-shuh n ]
/ vɛkˈseɪ ʃən /


the act of vexing.
the state of being vexed; irritation; annoyance: vexation at missing the bus.
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 forms

self-vex·a·tion, nounsu·per·vex·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vexation


/ (vɛkˈseɪʃən) /


the act of vexing or the state of being vexed
something that vexes
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