verb (used with object)
Origin of vex
Examples from the Web for vexing
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|DAILY BEAST
The results are vexing, and increasingly dangerous as Moscow builds threats on the foundation of its own propaganda.
For liberals, the question of how to square this circle is a vexing one.
While the U.S. has struggled to address all of these elements, the most vexing has proven to be the political process.The U.S.’s ‘Yadda, Yadda, Yadda’ Doctrine for Syria|Jeremy Shapiro|September 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Curiously for such a liberal politician, gun control has always proven a vexing political issue for Barack Obama.Hillary Was Right: Obama’s Inexperience Sank Gun Deal|Stuart Stevens|April 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And everything that could happen to Jeanne of a vexing or painful nature would be witnessed by him with pleasure.Serge Panine, Complete|Georges Ohnet
Each of these events, however, added to American territory, and these additions gave prominence to a new and vexing problem.The Path of Empire|Carl Russell Fish
If ghosts be ever laid, here lie ghosts of creatures innumerable, vexing the mind in the attempt to conceive them.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
There was the less need for careful management; the less risk of vexing the public by injudicious approbation.A Book of the Play|Dutton Cook
There is no doubt that the mind has very much to do with this vexing complication of pregnancy.The Mother and Her Child|William S. Sadler
Word Origin for vex
early 15c., from Middle French vexer, from Latin vexare "to attack, harass, trouble," from vexus, collateral form of vectus, past participle of vehere "to draw, carry" (see vehicle). Related: Vexed; vexing.