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Definition of vexed

: affected with, marked by, or causing trouble or vexation: such as
a : feeling or showing irritation, annoyance, or distress He had a vexed look, as if irritated at having to direct yet another … lost tourist to more celebrated Washington landmarks.— Larry L. King … I plainly perceived him to be extremely vexed at me …— Herman Melville
b : difficult and often frustrating to understand or deal with a vexed question Merchants such as the Polos sought to circumvent the vexed system of coins, with its inevitable confusion and debasement, by trading in gems such as rubies and sapphires and in pearls.— Laurence Bergreen But the coming months—when America will have to vote for or against China in matters of trade, proliferation and human rights—will severely test the White House's ability to manage a perpetually vexed relationship.— Tom Post

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Examples of vexed in a Sentence

She was feeling somewhat vexed. my dog was clearly vexed with me for having been gone all week, and hardly greeted me when I came home
Recent Examples on the Web Efforts to mandate widespread compliance have become extraordinarily vexed, with one dispute over face coverings, at a Family Dollar store in Michigan, litigated at the end of a barrel of a gun. Anchorage Daily News, "In a coronavirus response riven by politics, masks are latest Rorschach test," 12 May 2020 Floyd, a skilled scorer fresh off his first and only All-Star appearance, looked vexed against the Lakers’ half-court trap. Connor Letourneau,, "Recalling Sleepy Floyd’s historic outburst for an unlikely Warriors playoff win," 8 May 2020 Florida, like the rest of the country, has always had a vexed relationship with science. Diane Roberts, The New Republic, "God Save the Florida Governor From His Stupidity," 10 Apr. 2020 Only the house cynic, Arnie Burton’s splendidly vexed Apemantus — a sort of Grecian Fran Lebowitz — appears to grasp the unholy nature of Timon’s bargain. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "‘Timon of Athens’ is tricky Shakespeare. A fearless director gets it right.," 25 Feb. 2020 Barring radical attempts to reduce the amount of incoming sunshine through solar geoengineering, a very vexed subject, the world will not begin to cool off until carbon-dioxide levels start to fall. The Economist, "Climate change The necessity of pulling carbon dioxide out of the air," 7 Dec. 2019 Prince Ahmed was seen as a person who royals could look to when feeling vexed with the crown prince’s grip on power, the person said. Aya Batrawy,, "Saudis’ arrest of 2 princes called a warning to royal family," 8 Mar. 2020 The question of what will happen to the 70 dances Mr. Alston has created for his company is more vexed. New York Times, "In England, Closing a Chapter of Modern Dance," 18 Feb. 2020 Both men owe their prominence to vexed Irish relations with Britain. The Economist, "From handguns to handouts The rise of Sinn Fein, an Irish party that once espoused violence," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of vexed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2020

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“Vexed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vexed

: difficult and frustrating to deal with
old-fashioned : annoyed or worried

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