• WordNet 3.6
    • n vexation the act of troubling or annoying someone
    • n vexation something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness "New York traffic is a constant concern","it's a major worry"
    • n vexation anger produced by some annoying irritation
    • n vexation the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: French composer Erik Satie holds the record for shortest and longest composition in the world. His piano piece Vexations lasts for just under a minute. However, Satie states in the score that it should be played 840 times in succession a nonstop playing time of 14 hours.
    • Vexation A harassing by process of law; a vexing or troubling, as by a malicious suit.
    • Vexation The act of vexing, or the state of being vexed; agitation; disquiet; trouble; irritation. "Passions too violent . . . afford us nothing but vexation and pain.""Those who saw him after a defeat looked in vain for any trace of vexation ."
    • Vexation The cause of trouble or disquiet; affliction. "Your children were vexation to your youth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vexation The act of vexing, annoying, troubling, grieving, or distressing; specifically, a harassing under forms of law; a troubling, annoying, or vexing by legal process, as by a malicious suit.
    • n vexation The state of being vexed, irritated, grieved, or distressed; irritation; sorrow; grief; annoyance.
    • n vexation A cause of irritation, annoyance, distress, sorrow, or grief; affliction.
    • n vexation Synonyms Anger, Vexation, Indignation, etc. (see anger), Chagrin, etc. (see mortification); trouble, exasperation, chagrin, petulance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vexation a vexing: state of being vexed: trouble: a teasing annoyance: uneasiness
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  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A sect or party is an incognito devised to save man from the vexation of thinking.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vexatio,: cf. F. vexation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. vexer—L. vexāre, to shake, annoy—vehĕre. to carry.


In literature:

Vexation sent the angry blood up into the little woman's face.
"That Girl Montana" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Directly the sentence was out, he could have bitten his own tongue for pure vexation.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
Charles Rambert made an irritable movement of vexation and surprise.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
My embassy, like all other embassies, had its vexations; but on the whole I had reason to congratulate myself on its acceptance.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
To crown his vexation, his daughter named a lover for herself.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
It was a vexation to Miss Fortune to hear her.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
Edward was overwhelmed with vexation and rage when he received the tidings.
"Richard III" by Jacob Abbott
He forgot his momentary vexation and aimed carefully.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
The poor girls were nearly crying with vexation.
"The Manor House School" by Angela Brazil
Tears of vexation started in her eyes; chagrin, resentment, anger swept over her in turn.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham

In poetry:

They walk the beach,
She seems a peach
Just out of reach--
"Vitascope Pictures" by Edwin Carty Ranck
And the sorrows and the cares,
And vexations unawares,
Whereof human frailty fares,
Lord! Thou knowest;
"Thou Knowest" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
The sovereign view'd her as she lay,
But found her chang'd since yesterday.
Some small vexation it might bring--
A woman over-reach'd a King!
"King Edgar And The Servant Girl" by William Hutton
The little daughter, in vexation
To hear the mother's accusation,
Started in haste to make reply,
The flashes kindling in her eye:
"You tell a story then, I'm sure,
I know my mamma's not a whore."
"John Bolders" by William Hutton
"Nor is it your proneness to domestication,
For he dwells in man's barn, and I build in man's thatch,
As we say to each other—but, to our vexation,
O'er your safety alone man keeps diligent watch."
"The Sparrow And The Hen" by Charles Lamb
This prov'd to all a sore vexation,
In disappointing expectation.
They wish'd him punish'd at the time,
More for his pleading than his crime:
For who'd rejoice to take a seat
At a rich feast, yet must not eat.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton

In news:

Marko Metzinger/Studio D. Maybe because the weather is getting warmer and you're thinking about the pleasures (and, evidently, the vexations) of sleevelessness, I've recently received a slew of e-mails about underarm discoloration .
Erik Satie 's Vexations: September 8 & 9, 2012.
The act of performing or listening to a complete performance of Erik Satie 's Vexations cannot be compared to any other musical experience.
Erik Satie 's Vexations: September 8 & 9, 2012.
Vexation if it's mispronounced.
As Texans, it is a particular vexation that this president 's attitude toward the interests of our state has occasionally bordered on contempt, particularly in decisions relating to the NASA budget and the energy sector.
The words seem almost cognate expressions for the vexations of modern life.
For the benefit of the young man, and the new members, I should like here to enumerate some of Satan 's vexations that the older members had to encounter, before and since the inception of this organization.
Barack Obama, so steady in public, did not hide his vexation when he summoned his top advisers to meet with him in Chicago on Sept 14.