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Verb: vex  veks
  1. Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really vexes me";
    - annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at [informal], irritate, rile, nark [Brit, slang], nettle, gravel [US], chafe, devil, tick off [informal], roil [N. Amer]
  2. Disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
    "I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is vexing me";
    - worry
  3. Change the arrangement or position of
    - agitate, disturb, commove, shake up, stir up, raise up
  4. Subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation
    "vex the subject of the death penalty"
  5. Confuse or leave at a loss because of something complex or difficult to understand
    "a vexing problem";
    - confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate [informal], perplex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, dumbfound

Derived forms: vexing, vexes, vexed

Type of: be, cark, debate, deliberate, disorder, displace, displease, disquiet, distract, move, perturb, trouble, unhinge

Antonym: reassure

Encyclopedia: Vex, Switzerland