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It is a vexing problem.
  to annoy or disturb
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vex vexed vexing vexes vexer vexingly
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  • It is a vexing problem.
  • the chronic diseases which vex mankind
  • Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.
    Leonardo da Vinci
  • But this sort of thing seems done on purpose to vex us.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace

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  • It was no longer amusing to vex Mr. Casaubon
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • And I’ll never - never - oh, never, while I have my senses, do an act or say a word to vex him.
    Bronte, Emily  --  Wuthering Heights
  • They vex me past my patience.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VIII
  • But I have been vexed, because you wouldn’t come.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • This vexed me and the lesson always ended in a one-sided boxing match.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Am I vexing you, Jefferson?
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying

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  • It vexed him the more, because he could have sworn, were such a thing possible, that he recognized the voices of the minister and Deacon Gookin,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • When the white people found out she was telling lies and refused to fire the servants Molly vexed them and ... till they quit them-self.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • He looked so vexed at the idea, that Alice changed the subject hastily.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • VLADIMIR: (vexed). Then why do you always come crawling back?
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • "No, indeed, you shall not," said Lucy, much vexed.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • LUBOV. [Slightly vexed] Why do you laugh?
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • my how this woman vexes me!
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • ...a company of shouting cat-birds comes also to the tree, and vexed by their fluttering and lawlessness the solemn heron goes away.
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • I couldn’t figure out why he was so vexed.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • "Vexing," he said.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • In the car I stripped off all my jewelry—the seven gold rings; the diamond earrings Larry had given me for Christmas; the sapphire ring from my grandmother; the 1950s man’s watch that was always around my wrist; all the earrings from all the extra holes that had so vexed my grandfather.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • At the end of the proceeding, Herbert was shackled and sent back to death row, vexed, disappointed, and unhappy.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The door was opening, and into the room now came Number Two, looking vexed, followed by Milligan, looking gloomy.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • All they did was pester and vex and annoy.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Father is vexed with me.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • I had learned that at times like these it was better to just sit and wait than to go asking disrupting questions which might vex her.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • It was many months later before I learned how Piedmont had probably handled vexing problems with the semiliterate though obstinate workers who greased looms on the midnight shift and rocked the vessel of obedience in defiance of the invisible capitalists who ruled the mills from far away.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It concerned a minor but vexing problem, one having to do with community relations.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Country girls are slow-moving, vexing creatures," he said.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • "So vexing," I said, "I had meant my groom to bring a small present for Sir Fletcher, as some return for his kindness to me yesterday.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Are you vexed with me?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • NW: The answer is as vexing as it is predictable, Monsieur Boustouler.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • He was vexed to find how little he thought like a grownup and sighed again.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • It’s stupid, I know, that his efforts make me so vexed.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The plump boy ran after them angrily, as if vexed that their program had been disturbed.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "I tell you my most personal darkest secret and you laugh," I said, playing vexed.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Soon after this he left, looking quite vexed.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • You take delight in vexing me.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • You want an animal that is piqued, peeved, vexed, bothered, irked, annoyed—but not homicidal.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • There, in that hut upon the moor, seems to lie the very centre of that problem which has vexed me so sorely.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • "But it must have vexed M. Morrel, good, worthy man," said Caderousse.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It vexed me some, but I do respect the dead.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Finally, vexed and frustrated, Mary called the only person she knew could find out what had happened.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Jurgis was vexed when the cynical Jokubas translated these signs with sarcastic comments, offering to take them to the secret rooms where the spoiled meats went to be doctored.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I was certainly very vexed with Bailey.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Langdon looked vexed.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • A PROPOS of the cardinal, Monsieur de Treville, I am vexed with you!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Aunt Polly was vexed to think she had overlooked that bit of circumstantial evidence, and missed a trick.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Something about seeing her out there in the backyard with the other women looking up at the stars vexed him.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • [She sits down again, deeply vexed].
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
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