irritating, provoking, or annoying:Automatic file recovery reintroduced errors already corrected at the proofing stage—which was very vexing.
tormenting, troubling, or distressing:She came to see racism as her country's most vexing problem.
- vex·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use vexing in a sentence
The vaccination issue has vexed some members of Congress since the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency approval for the Pfizer-manufactured vaccine last week.Pelosi receives shot of coronavirus vaccine from the Capitol’s top doctor | Paul Kane, John Wagner | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
Meanwhile, the SolarWinds issue continues to vex federal officials.Federal investigators find evidence of previously unknown tactics used to penetrate government networks | Craig Timberg, Ellen Nakashima | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
This isn’t the first time the city appeared close to resolving a policy issue that’s vexed it for years.
Yet ask executives which CEO vexes them the most, and Musk’s name is first again.
LPL’s Buchbinder notes stocks historically perform better in a divided government environment, while major tax increases are “probably off the table” if the Senate remains in Republican hands—something that has vexed Wall Street.Stocks are soaring as markets price in a split Congress | Anne Sraders | November 4, 2020 | Fortune
If Paul Ryan visits communities to try to solve some of the most vexing problems facing our nation, will the media cover it?Paul Ryan Opens a Door to the Congressional Black Congress | Ron Christie | May 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The results are vexing, and increasingly dangerous as Moscow builds threats on the foundation of its own propaganda.
A more vexing problem is discerning the suicide attempt from the accidental overdose.
More vexing than the short-shrift mentions are the flat-out omissions.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature | Malcolm Forbes | November 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
For liberals, the question of how to square this circle is a vexing one.
Meloni was just beginning to relax a little when a young officer brought up a minor but vexing problem.The Stars, My Brothers | Edmond Hamilton
Whether the land beyond Hadrian's wall became temptingly peaceful or remained in vexing disorder, our authorities do not say.
Perhaps she'll be able now to manage something without vexing Captain and Mrs Harper.'Robin Redbreast | Mary Louisa Molesworth
I can't feel natural there, and I'm afraid of vexing you or doing harm somehow.'Robin Redbreast | Mary Louisa Molesworth
Up and to the office, where very busy all the morning, and most with Mr. Wood, I vexing him about his masts.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys