V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to annoy, aggravate, or confuse someone; 2. to discuss something at length
Synonyms: distress, aggravate, anger, torment, perplex, confound, offend, trouble, discuss, debate, agitate
Antonyms: soothe, appease, comfort
Tips: Vex is derived from the Latin vexare, which means "to harass, bother." When you vex someone, you anger or irritate him or her by annoying, irritating, or confusing. When you feel vexed, you are irritated or perplexed by something. Something that is described as vexing is perplexing or aggravating, and something described as vexed is the subject of ongoing debate. Note: vex is a word which is not commonly used in contemporary American English and may seem somewhat pretentious.
My daughter really vexed me when she came home so late. (distressed, angered)
Budget problems continue to vex the government. (perplex, trouble)
The government has to deal with the vexed question of how to reduce spending while also providing essential programs that are getting more costly each year. (perplexing, troubling) adjective
It was a vexing puzzle, and I didn't think I could solve it on my own. (perplexing, confounding) adjective
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