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Definition of "vex" []

  • To annoy, as with petty importunities; bother. See Synonyms at annoy. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause perplexity in; puzzle. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring distress or suffering to; plague or afflict. (verb-transitive)
  • To debate or discuss (a question, for example) at length. (verb-transitive)
  • To toss about or shake up. (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "vex" in a sentence
  • "The word vex with us means to provoke, irritate, by petty provocations."
  • "For she held that a greater power than Setebos had made the world, leaving Setebos merely to "vex" it; while he contends that whoever made the world and its weakness, did so for the pleasure of vexing it himself; and that this greater power, the "Quiet," if it really exists, is above pain or pleasure, and had no motive for such a proceeding."
  • ""vex," therefore, is the heightening of grieving by a provocation unto anger and indignation: which sense is suited to the place and matter treated of, though the word signify no more but to "grieve;" and so it is rendered by lupeo, Gen. xlv."