- to irritate; annoy; provoke: His noisy neighbors often vexed him.
- to torment; trouble; distress; plague; worry: Lack of money vexes many.
- to discuss or debate (a subject, question, etc.) with vigor or at great length: to vex a question endlessly without agreeing.
- to disturb by motion; stir up; toss about.
- to afflict with physical pain.
Origin of vex
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Antonyms for vex
Related Words for vexesannoy, disturb, perplex, exasperate, displease, peeve, infuriate, disquiet, irritate, offend, rile, irk, torment, agitate, gall, embarrass, afflict, pique, hassle, anger
Examples from the Web for vexes
Contemporary Examples of vexes
You can understand why it vexes supporters of activist government.David's Book Club: What Are Liberals Thinking?
July 13, 2012
Historical Examples of vexes
But my younger daughter, Mrs General, rather worries and vexes my thoughts.Little Dorrit
Oh, you know, my pet—I'm sorry if it vexes you—I loved that baby!
It's not the giving him the money that vexes me, but the knowledge that he must make a bad use of it.The Fat and the Thin
If the child only were a boy there would be no need of Floyd marrying, and it vexes her.Floyd Grandon's Honor
Amanda Minnie Douglas
That is what vexes me so terribly—to think it was my own fault!A Christmas Posy
Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
- to anger or annoy
- to confuse; worry
- archaic to agitate