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- annoyed, irritated or distressed
- She became more and more vexed as she struggled to cope with the demands of the job.
- 1990, Terry Pratchett, Eric, page 72:
- He would be left in no doubt that they were annoyed. He might even go so far as to deduce that they were quite vexed.
- much debated, discussed or disputed
- 1901 December 6, H. Watkins-Pitchford, “Rinderpest”, in The Agricultural Journal and Mining Record, volume 4, number 20, page 610:
- The question, however, as to whether rinderpest bile is capable of producing the disease in a herd innoculated with it is a very vexed one, and round this point heated controversies have been waged in other places than in Natal.
- 2004, Mary Stieber, The Poetics of Appearance in the Attic Korai:
- I leave aside the vexed questions about whether one or two peploi were woven and presented to Athena during the Greater (every four years) and Lesser (every year) Panathenaic festivals […]
annoyed, irritated or distressed
much debated, discussed or disputed