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: causing vexation : distressing
: intended to harass
a vexatious lawsuit
: full of disorder or stress : troubled
a vexatious period in her life
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abrasive, aggravating, annoying, bothersome, carking, chafing, disturbing, exasperating, frustrating, galling, irksome, irritating, maddening, nettlesome, nettling, peeving, pesky, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, pesty, plaguey (also plaguy), rankling, rebarbative, riling, vexing
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1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
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: lacking a sufficient ground and serving only to annoy or harass when viewed objectively
disciplined the attorney for engaging in vexatious litigation
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to clear from alleged fault or guilt
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