: affected with, marked by, or causing trouble or vexation: such as
: 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
: difficult and often frustrating to understand or deal with
- 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