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vexatious

[vek-sey-shuh s]
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adjective
  1. causing vexation; troublesome; annoying: a vexatious situation.
  2. Law. (of legal actions) instituted without sufficient grounds and serving only to cause annoyance to the defendant.
  3. disorderly; confused; troubled.
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Origin of vexatious

First recorded in 1525–35; vexati(on) + -ous
Related formsvex·a·tious·ly, adverbvex·a·tious·ness, nounnon·vex·a·tious, adjectivenon·vex·a·tious·ly, adverbnon·vex·a·tious·ness, nounun·vex·a·tious, adjectiveun·vex·a·tious·ly, adverbun·vex·a·tious·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. disturbing, provoking, irritating.

Antonyms

1. delightful.
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Examples from the Web for vexatious

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  • At last the vexatious work was finished, and he was free again.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I was still wrestling with this vexatious question when I came to my mother's house.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • It is too long to write—and too vexatious” (this word was half erased), “troublesome.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • It's vexatious, when one has the wherewithal to pay for wetting his whistle!

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • To Wellington this was perhaps the most vexatious of all things in that vexatious time.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for vexatious

vexatious

adjective
  1. vexing or tending to vex
  2. vexed
  3. law (of a legal action or proceeding) instituted without sufficient grounds, esp so as to cause annoyance or embarrassment to the defendantvexatious litigation
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Derived Formsvexatiously, adverbvexatiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for vexatious

adj.

1530s; see vexation + -ous. Related: Vexatiously; vexatiousness.

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