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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a vexed/thorny question (=one that is hard to deal with)
▪ Finally, there’s the thorny question of money.
vexed question/issue/problem etc
▪ A paradigm example of this is the vexed question of spatial visualisation.
▪ And there is another vexed question.
▪ I shall not turn to the vexed question of the national minimum wage.
▪ 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?
▪ Then there is the vexed issue of paying for tax cuts.
▪ Until recently what was on the child's school record and whether parent or child could see it was a vexed question.
▪ Was the vexed question of extradition discussed at the Council?
▪ But rendering attention to these vexing questions is prudent and the right thing to do.
▪ The nature of its relationship to the poor is perhaps the most vexing ethical issue that Holy Trinity faces.
▪ The problem was considered particularly vexing because, as the research of contemporaries showed, it affected middle class women most.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

  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.''

    Then thousand torments vex my heart.

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

    Some English wool, vexed in a Belgian loom.

    Syn: See Tease.


Vex \Vex\, v. i. To be irritated; to fret. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Old French vexer "vex, harass" (14c.), from Latin vexare "to shake, jolt, toss violently;" figuratively "attack, harass, trouble, annoy," from vexus, collateral form of vectus, past participle of vehere "to draw, carry" (see vehicle). Related: Vexed; vexing.


vb. 1 (context transitive now rare English) To trouble aggressively, to harass. 2 (context transitive English) To annoy, irritate. 3 (context transitive English) To cause (mental) suffering to; to distress. 4 (context transitive rare English) To twist, to weave. 5 (context intransitive obsolete English) To be irritated; to fret. 6 (context transitive English) To toss back and forth; to agitate; to disquiet.

  1. v. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves" [syn: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, chafe, devil]

  2. disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress; "I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me" [syn: worry] [ant: reassure]

  3. change the arrangement or position of [syn: agitate, disturb, commove, shake up, stir up, raise up]

  4. subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation; "vex the subject of the death penalty"

  5. be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me" [syn: perplex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound]

Vex (album)

Vex is a reggae album released by Steel Pulse in September, 1994. It is Steel Pulse's ninth studio album. It was their first album without founding member Alphonso Martin.

The album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album charts.


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Usage examples of "vex".

Singular though it may seem, Winterbourne was vexed that the young girl, in joining her amoroso, should not appear more impatient of his own company, and he was vexed because of his inclination.

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.

God is he, for still The great Gods wander on our mortal ways, And watch their altars upon mead or hill And taste our sacrifice, and hear our lays, And now, perchance, will heed if any prays, And now will vex us with unkind control, But anywise must man live out his days, For Fate hath given him an enduring soul.

But as to baptized persons who are vexed in body by unclean spirits, the same reason holds good of them as of others who are demented.

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.