from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing or creating vexation; annoying.
  • adj. Full of annoyance or distress; harassed.
  • adj. Intended to vex or annoy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Causing vexation, annoyance, trouble, or the like; teasing; annoying; troublesome.
  • adj. Full of trouble or disquiet; harassed; distressed; annoyed; vexed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Causing vexation; agitating; afflictive; annoying.
  • adj. Full of vexation, trouble, or disquiet; disturbed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing vexation, annoyance, trouble, or the like; teasing; annoying; troublesome: as, a vexatious neighbor; a vexatious circumstance.
  • Full of trouble or disquiet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing irritation or annoyance


a 1650 vexation +‎ -ous (Wiktionary)


  • "Unwilling to become embroiled in vexatious litigation brought by a plaintiff with bottomless pockets, they both walked away from a deal with Lionsgate at that time," the complaint said.

    Lionsgate Sues Icahn

  • The first objection to a higher level of public legal regard being paid to communal identity is that it leaves legal process (including ordinary disciplinary process within organisations) at the mercy of what might be called vexatious appeals to religious scruple.

    Archbishop's Lecture - Civil and Religious Law in England

  • “Silence, Campo-Basso,” said the Duke, “and be assured you serve a prince. who knows your worth too well to exchange it for the untried and untrustful services of those, whom we have only known as vexatious and malignant neighbors.”

    Anne of Geierstein

  • The first objection "that it leaves legal process (including ordinary disciplinary process within organizations) at the mercy of what might be called vexatious appeals to religious scruple".

    Archbishop gives foundation lecture at the Royal Courts of Justice

  • But especially rebellion against the Spirit of God is vexatious, which is a higher pitch of sin; and implies a continued course of disobedience.

    The Whole Works of the Rev. John Howe, M.A. with a Memoir of the Author. Vol. VI.

  • These may be termed vexatious; still the death of the king, by saving them from the consequences his ambition would naturally have entailed on them, may be reckoned a blessing.

    Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

  • The Recording Industry Association of America is declaring attorney-blogger Ray Beckerman a "vexatious" litigator and is seeking unspecified monetary sanctions to punish him in his defense of a New York woman accused of making copyrighted music available on the Kazaa file sharing system.

    Boing Boing

  • This was a "vexatious" outcome, according to Sebastian Guistinian.

    From Heads of Household to Heads of State: The Preaccession Households of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, 1516-1558

  • But its investigation also rejected Merryday's finding that the decision to charge the Aisenbergs had been "vexatious" or undertaken in "bad faith."

    Federal prosecutors likely to keep jobs after cases collapse

  • The legal spat between the Recording Industry Association of America and its nemesis, New York attorney Ray Beckerman, escalated Friday when Beckerman defended himself against accusations he was a "vexatious" litigator.

    Wired Top Stories


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