Definitions

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

  • adj. Irritated, distressed, or annoyed: greatly vexed by their behavior; the vexed parents of an unruly teenager.
  • adj. Much discussed or debated: a vexed question.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. annoyed, irritated or distressed
  • adj. much debated, discussed or disputed
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of vex.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Annoyed; harassed; troubled.
  • adj. Much debated or contested; causing discussion.

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

  • adj. troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances
  • adj. causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution; much disputed

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Examples

  • Here, too, Gates offers a trenchant observation about what he called the vexed distinction between ‘status’ and ‘behavior.’

    Why Marriage Matters

  • Perplexed and vexed is me when people invest obscure meaning into a book when I can't see it myself and I could be in great danger of doing just that with Mr Thundermug so please forgive anything that leans towards pretentious claptrap in this post but this book was two for the price of one for me.

    Mr Thundermug by Cornelius Medvei

  • Efforts to make drinkable wine in America were vexed from the start.

    Sweet and Intense

  • When he was very near I heard him crying, in vexed fashion, "Why in hell don't you sing out?"

    Chapter 1

  • The easy security of tone with which Jeff pronounced the name vexed

    The Landlord at Lion's Head — Volume 1

  • When he was very near I heard him crying, in vexed fashion, “Why in hell don’t you sing out?”

    Chapter 1

  • Soil and seasons of potting may be described as vexed questions in camellia culture.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 508, September 26, 1885

  • It is called the vexed question, and excites alarm in every quarter of the country.

    Frederick Douglass

  • It is called the vexed question, and excites alarm in every quarter of the country ....

    Frederick Douglass The Colored Orator.

  • My master was greatly vexed, that is, I may say, as much as ever I _seen_ him, when he found how he had been taken in; but it was some comfort to have the ready cash for immediate consumption in the house, any way.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 04

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