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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

vexed

adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a vexed/thorny question (=one that is hard to deal with)
▪ Finally, there’s the thorny question of money.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
question
▪ I shall not turn to the vexed question of the national minimum wage.
▪ The vexed question has always been: Who should write the programs which control these machines?
▪ A paradigm example of this is the vexed question of spatial visualisation.
▪ Until recently what was on the child's school record and whether parent or child could see it was a vexed question.
▪ Potentially an even bigger bombshell is about to burst on the vexed question of pension rights.
▪ Was the vexed question of extradition discussed at the Council?
▪ And there is another vexed question.
▪ These are vexed questions that involve the whole community in Western societies: scientists, professionals, and the general public.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A paradigm example of this is the vexed question of spatial visualisation.
▪ No, she's not vexed.
▪ Potentially an even bigger bombshell is about to burst on the vexed question of pension rights.
▪ The vexed question has always been: Who should write the programs which control these machines?
▪ The question of which system to choose is a vexed one.
▪ Until recently what was on the child's school record and whether parent or child could see it was a vexed question.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Vexed

Vex \Vex\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vexed; p. pr. & vb. n. Vexing.] [F. vexer, L. vexare, vexatum, to vex, originally, to shake, toss, in carrying, v. intens. fr. vehere, vectum, to carry. See Vehicle.]

  1. To to?s back and forth; to agitate; to disquiet.

    White curl the waves, and the vexed ocean roars.
    --Pope.

  2. To make angry or annoyed by little provocations; to irritate; to plague; to torment; to harass; to afflict; to trouble; to tease. ``I will not vex your souls.''
    --Shak.

    Then thousand torments vex my heart.
    --Prior.

  3. To twist; to weave. [R.]

    Some English wool, vexed in a Belgian loom.
    --Dryden.

    Syn: See Tease.

Vexed

Vexed \Vexed\, a.

  1. Annoyed; harassed; troubled.

  2. Much debated or contested; causing discussion; as, a vexed question.

Wikipedia

Vexed

Vexed is a British comedy-drama, police procedural television series for BBC Two. Created and written by Howard Overman, the first series stars Lucy Punch as D.I. Kate Bishop and Toby Stephens as D.I. Jack Armstrong, a detective duo with a fractious relationship. Jack is lazy and disorganised but charming whereas Kate is efficient and usually exasperated by Jack's way of doing things. The show also starred Rory Kinnear who plays Kate's husband Dan, with whom she is going through marriage counselling. Other recurring characters are Naz, an eccentric crime scene specialist, and Tony, owner of the bar at which the characters relax. The drama is set in contemporary London.

In the second series (first announced on 18 January 2012) Lucy Punch and Rory Kinnear did not return. Lucy's character was replaced by Miranda Raison playing D.I. Georgina Dixon, with Nick Dunning playing her father, a retired policeman with a dubious security business.

WordNet

vexed

  1. adj. troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances; "harassed working mothers"; "a harried expression"; "her poor pestered father had to endure her constant interruptions"; "the vexed parents of an unruly teenager" [syn: annoyed, harassed, harried, pestered]

  2. causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution; much disputed; "the vexed issue of priorities"; "we live in vexed and troubled times"

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

vexed

mid-15c., past participle adjective from vex. Phrase vexed question attested from 1825 (in Latin form vexata quaestio from 1813).

Wiktionary

vexed

  1. 1 annoyed, irritated or distressed 2 much debated, discussed or disputed v

  2. (en-past of: vex)

Usage examples of "vexed".

The day before my departure, vexed at having lost my time and my amorous compliments, I made up my mind to steal that portrait--a slight compensation for not having won the original.

I was on thorns, and I tried everything to avoid that subject, and to lead the conversation into a different channel, for the amorous particulars, on which she was dwelling with apparent delight, vexed me greatly, and spite causing coldness, I was afraid of not playing my part very warmly in the amorous contest which was at hand.

One day, vexed at my answering her question as to the reason of my change towards her by stating that I had no cause for it, she, told me in a tone of commiseration that I was jealous of Cordiani.

I quickly picked myself up, and rather vexed I began a regular fight with the insolent fellow.

I was vexed to see how these gentlemen were admitted while I danced attendance, and the project of sailing with Orloff began to displease me.

I thought no more about it, but presently my niece came in and asked me why I had vexed poor Annette.

I entered the hotel feeling vexed and unhappy, though more in love than ever, for my fair one had convinced me that she was no passive mistress, but could experience pleasure as well as give it.

I was vexed on account of Gertrude, who believed herself with child, but could not make up her mind to accompany me to France.

She went away without a word, but I could see that she was exceedingly vexed at my refusal.

My anger vexed me, I should properly have only laughed, for in the state of morals at Genoa, the accusation, whether true or false, could not injure my honour.

He was delighted to hear that I should be engaged in seeing my work through the press for three or four months, and seemed vexed when I told him that I could not accept his hospitality more than once a week as my labours would be incessant.

I was vexed that I had no closet in my room, as I could not hide her from the waiter who would bring us coffee.

If I had staked for them as I did for myself, and the number had come out first instead of fifth, they would have got nothing, and they would have been vexed then.

His obstinacy vexed me, for I had already spent fifteen or sixteen sequins to satisfy my curiosity.

My noble officers seemed vexed that I had lost, and would give me my revenge.