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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 Small-market general managers are increasingly vexed about the trend of high-profile veterans landing on big market teams at bargain rates via buyouts. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Eric Walden: Is the NBA buyout market actually the devil incarnate? Well then, allow me to play devil’s advocate.," 3 Apr. 2021 The propensity of viruses to change has long vexed epidemiologists and scientists. Hal Dardick,, "The power of mRNA, the threat of mutations and the difficulty of the last mile — things we’ve learned about COVID-19 at the year mark," 9 Mar. 2021 Suleima and Naseem first meet in Kamil’s waiting room, beginning their vexed, often incomprehensible fifteen-year relationship. Lydia Wilson, The New York Review of Books, "Sudden Monsters," 9 Mar. 2021 The Hornets looked vexed as Green sifted out holes in their defense, lacing passes to a cutting Oubre in transition. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors ride Draymond Green's brilliance to first 3-game win streak of season," 26 Feb. 2021 She's guided the Senate through two impeachment trials, vexed Democrats and Republicans alike with parliamentary opinions and helped rescue Electoral College certificates from a pro-Trump mob ransacking the Capitol. Alan Fram, ajc, "For Senate rules arbiter, minimum wage is latest minefield," 23 Feb. 2021 In an era of dueling superpowers, Australia’s position is particularly vexed: closely allied to the U.S. but economically reliant on China, which buys more than a third of its exports, including vast quantities of iron ore and coal. Los Angeles Times, "An Australian student denounced his university’s ties to China. Then he became a target," 21 Dec. 2020 The national reckoning on race over the summer put reality shows, which often rely on outrageous behavior from their casts, in a vexed position. Kate Aurthur,, "Jax Taylor fired from Bravo’s ‘Vanderpump Rules’," 5 Dec. 2020 Despite the great minds wrestling with it, the vexed question of how to live continues to induce a state of indissoluble anxiety. Washington Post, "We’ve been looking to philosophers to make sense of life. Maybe we should be looking at cats instead.," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of vexed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Apr 2021

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“Vexed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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