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From Middle English vexed, vexede, vexit, vixid, equivalent to vex +‎ -ed.



vexed (comparative more vexed, superlative most vexed)

  1. 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, p. 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.
  2. much debated, discussed or disputed
    • 1901 December 6, H. Watkins-Pitchford, “Rinderpest”, in The Agricultural Journal and Mining Record[1], 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 []

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  1. simple past tense and past participle of vex