• WordNet 3.6
    • adj vexed causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution; much disputed "the vexed issue of priorities","we live in vexed and troubled times"
    • adj vexed troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances "harassed working mothers","a harried expression","her poor pestered father had to endure her constant interruptions","the vexed parents of an unruly teenager"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vexed Annoyed; harassed; troubled.
    • Vexed Much debated or contested; causing discussion; as, a vexed question.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vexed amazed
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  • Edmund Waller
    Edmund Waller
    “Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. vexer—L. vexāre, to shake, annoy—vehĕre. to carry.


In literature:

He's short enough always when he's bin to market, without anything extry to vex him.
"White Lilac; or the Queen of the May" by Amy Walton
Nathanael was, indeed, too happy to be seriously vexed at anything.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
I know he thought some of my indifference was assumed, for when he told me about Miss Culpepper he thought I would be vexed.
"The Love Affairs of an Old Maid" by Lilian Bell
I would be vexed to have my plans for him spoiled and a possible good soldier turned into a swindling writer.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
With this the little boy was more vexed than before.
"The Indian Fairy Book" by Cornelius Mathews
I am very sorry if my saying it has vexed you.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
And I like you when you don't vex Graeme.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
You can imagine how her father and sisters were vexed.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Have you been vexed?
"Plutarch's Morals" by Plutarch
But if the visit wasn't a success I should be proportionately disappointed and vexed.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I suppose Mr. Harmer will be very much vexed until he finds that I have it.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Deeply vexed and shamed his air.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
These things surprised her; but there was another matter that vexed her.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Are you vexed that you have not made her acquaintance?
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
He vexed and he allured her.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
They all went to it, grandma and aunt Judy, and they don't know whether they are most pleased or most vexed.
"Trading" by Susan Warner
And when she was vexed, he was illogical enough to feel uncomfortable.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
And because of all this I say you have no right to challenge my happiness, and vex my days, and feel for me as one dead.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
She will not be vexed, and I guarantee you against any possible loss.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy
Traugott was vexed and indignant, and that not with the old man only.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann

In poetry:

Who in harsh despotic fashion
Once from Nothing called me out,
Filled my soul with burning passion
Vexed and shook my mind with doubt?
"May 26, 1828" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Because you loved the country ways,
Whereon your happy feet were set.
Nor was the calmness of your days,
Stirred by one vexed regret.
"The Reason Why" by Anna Johnston MacManus
Be yours the pay: be theirs the praise:
We will not rob them of their due,
Nor vex the ghosts of other days
By naming them along with you.
"Fame's Penny-Trumpet" by Lewis Carroll
"Yet, dear one, sleep, and sleep, ye winds
That vex the restless brine--
When shall these eyes, my babe, be sealed
As peacefully as thine!"
"Version Of A Fragment Of Simonides" by William Cullen Bryant
"Ah, soft, delusive, purple night
Whose darkness knew no vexing moon!
Ah, cruel, needless, dawning light
That trembled in the sky too soon!"
"The First Lover" by Laurence Hope
Loos'd from the vexing world below,
Oh! when shall I to these attain?
When to that blissful region go,
That yields no sorrow, tear, or pain?
"Retired Hours" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper

In news:

Romney's twists, turns vex Republicans.
Lauren VanCleve / Special to the Courier & Press Aaron Gray directs a remote-controlled robot to place two golf balls in a hole during "Slippery Slope" the VEX Robotics Competition on Saturday at Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville.
American labor issues vex flying public.
Middle East Comments Could Vex a Romney Administration.
Things get intense in Vex 's 'August'.
Just in time for the National Robotics Week, the VEX Robotics World Championships are coming to Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on April 14th to 16th.
MN gov's terms vex lawmakers on nuclear power bill.
Six turnovers vex Redskins' playmakers in loss to Giants.
'Open carry' gun laws vex Starbucks, again.
Trans Fats, Glutens Still Vex Bakers.
Some vexed by Mitchelville's slow progress.
Bomb threats are a vexing problem for school officials.
Rain vexes county with flooded streets, clogged drains .
' Fiscal cliff' talks are vexing.
' Fiscal cliff' talks vexing official Washington.

In science:

In continuum percolation theory this volume is denoted the excluded volume Vex , where Vex = 2dV in a RGG.
Random Geometric Graphs
Let Ema be the union of d perfect matchings between the leaves of Vtr and Vex .
The Cover Time of Deterministic Random Walks
Let Xtr := X ∩ Vtr and Xex := X ∩ Vex . (i) Consider first the case where |Xtr | > 4|Xex |.
The Cover Time of Deterministic Random Walks
As in the proof of Theorem 4.1, choose an Euler tour of the directed graph Gex and set the rotors of Vex and the initial position such that the deterministic walk on G first performs an Euler tour on Gex before visiting any node from Vtr .
The Cover Time of Deterministic Random Walks
Let us observe that a locally definable cover of a definable group is always definably generated (see [EP12a]), namely it is generated as an abstract group by a vex subgroup G of the ordered additive group (M , <, +) of the form (cid:83) definable subset.
Discrete subgroups of locally definable groups
The purpose of this letter is to fill this vexing gap between these two approaches.
Extraction of Black Hole Geometry in Exactly Quantized Two Dimensional Dilaton Gravity
The most vexing problem in experimentally realizing quantum computers is the issue of decoherence.
A Self Assembled Nanoelectronic Quantum Computer Based on the Rashba Effect in Quantum Dots
This conclusion would be extremely vexing, because it would imply that the reason for the spontaneous breaking of electroweak symmetry and the values of the quark and lepton masses could not be understood as a matter of principle.
Linear Collider Physics Resource Book for Snowmass 2001 - Part 1: Introduction
A simple solution to a vexing problem has been found.
GUT's have the ability to defy sphalerons
Vex (q , ωm ) includes vertex corrections due to the internal dressing of bubbles 1−Ao χo (q,ωm ) with Ao .
An unconventional Fermi liquid model for the optimally doped and overdoped cuprate superconductors
In Section VI we discuss the vexed question of comparing states of systems that differ in constitution or in quantity of matter.
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
The most vexing of these problems are the issue of mass-loss at the tip of the red giant branch, and the effects of convective overshooting from the cores of these stars (c.f. the excellent discussion of mass loss in Jimenez et al. 1998).
Age, Metallicity, and the Distance to the Magellanic Clouds From Red Clump Stars
This is also not to say that the vexing problem of quantum gravity is in any way solved.
An Ode to Effective Lagrangians
In the formalism developed so far, the zero mode problem is mixed up with an equally vexing problem from modes with nonzero, but arbitrarily small, longitudinal momentum.
TASI Lectures on Matrix Theory
Finally we performed a simulation to determine the < Vex > of a sphere and a cube.
Discrepancy between Monte-Carlo Results and Analytic Values for the Average Excluded Volume of Rectangular Prisms