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


  • IPA(key): /ˈvɛkst/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛkst


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, 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.
  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 and past participle of vex