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Definition of "vexed" []

  • Irritated, distressed, or annoyed: greatly vexed by their behavior; the vexed parents of an unruly teenager. (adjective)
  • Much discussed or debated: a vexed question. (adjective)
  • Annoyed, confused, or agitated (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Much debated and discussed (esp in the phrase a vexed question) (adjective)

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Use "vexed" in a sentence
  • "Here, too, Gates offers a trenchant observation about what he called the vexed distinction between ‘status’ and ‘behavior.’"
  • "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."
  • "Efforts to make drinkable wine in America were vexed from the start."