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vex (v.)

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" (from PIE root *wegh- "to go, move, transport in a vehicle"). Related: Vexed; vexing.

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Definitions of vex

vex (v.)
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations;
Synonyms: annoy / rag / get to / bother / get at / irritate / rile / nark / nettle / gravel / chafe / devil
vex (v.)
disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress;
Synonyms: worry
vex (v.)
change the arrangement or position of;
Synonyms: agitate / disturb / commove / shake up / stir up / raise up
vex (v.)
subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation;
vex the subject of the death penalty
vex (v.)
be a mystery or bewildering to;
a vexing problem
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