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vexed (adj.)

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

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Definitions of vexed

vexed (adj.)
troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances;
the vexed parents of an unruly teenager
Synonyms: annoyed / harassed / harried / pestered
vexed (adj.)
causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution; much disputed;
the vexed issue of priorities
we live in vexed and troubled times
From wordnet.princeton.edu